Conway police are searching for a commercial burglary suspect that a department spokesperson said escaped custody from a local hospital Wednesday morning.
Police spokesperson La Tresha Woodruff said Michael Mitchell, 26, was apprehended after a more than 20-mile vehicle pursuit involving the Russellville Police Department and Conway County Sheriff’s Office.
Russellville police said officers responded to a burglary alarm at an AT&T store in the 3000 block of East Main Street around 1:43 a.m. and noticed a broken window. An officer noticed a "suspicious vehicle," identified as a Chevrolet Trailblazer, leave the area. Police attempted to stop the vehicle, but a pursuit ensued.
The vehicle pursuit continued eastbound on Interstate 40 from Russellville to mile marker 107 in Morrilton when the vehicle attempted to avoid spike strips and wrecked. Mitchell and another man, who’s name was not released, were taken to the Conway Regional Medical Center for treatment.
Conway police say Mitchell then simply walked away from the hospital and escaped custody. It is unclear if Mitchell left on foot or in a vehicle, police said. Mitchell is also a suspect in the Jan. 11 burglary of an AT&T store on Amity Road, in addition to other similar burglaries, according to police.
At the time of Mitchell’s escape, Woodruff said there was no active warrant for the individual, who also had not been charged. The Conway Police Department’s warrant for Mitchell’s arrest on charges of commercial burglary and theft of property was made active Friday.
Anyone with information on Mitchell’s whereabouts is asked to call Conway police at 501-450-6120 or text an anonymous tip to CRIMES using the keyword Conway.
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