By CANDIE BECK
LOG CABIN STAFF WRITER
A man already being detained at the Faulkner County Detention Center is facing more charges stemming from an incident that occurred in November 2010.
Timothy Fields, 25, of Conway, who is being held after being arrested last week, faces additional charges of theft by receiving in connection with a van stolen from the parking lot of the Kroger on Oak Street. The vehicle’s owner left the keys in the van and went inside to do some shopping. When she returned to the parking lot, her vehicle had been stolen.
According to information released by the Conway Police Department, Arkansas State Police found the abandoned vehicle a month later in Forrest City. Several items were found inside the vehicle bearing the suspect’s name, but law enforcement agents were unable to locate the suspect until last week.
When confronted with the evidence found in the stolen van, Fields admitted some involvement in the theft.
The new charge has been added to the previous charges of theft by receiving, fleeing on foot, theft of property, two counts of fleeing with a vehicle, reckless driving, refusal to submit to arrest and second-degree battery.
Fields was arrested last week after allegedly stealing a Penske moving truck from Little Rock and driving it to Conway. Little Rock police notified the Conway Police Department of the location of the truck after tracking the vehicle through its GPS.
According to CPD public information officer LaTresha Woodruff, when officers approached the moving van, Fields fled the scene in an attempt to escape. The suspect ran eastbound on Parkway Avenue before being spotted by another officer running through the south parking lot of the Log Cabin Democrat. After running through to the north parking lot and crawling under an 18-wheeler, which was parked at the loading dock of the newspaper office, Fields continued running east.
The suspect then attempted to steal a Dodge Ram pick-up truck, where an officer caught up with him and grabbed hold of his left arm to try to remove him from the vehicle. He was able to elude the officer and drive a short distance where he tried to jump from the vehicle as it was still moving and was apprehended.
Fields was processed and remains at the Faulkner County Detention Center on a $50,000 bond.
(Candie Beck is a staff writer and can be reached at 501-505-1238 or firstname.lastname@example.org.)