Central Arkansas police agencies are looking for two suspects accused of beating and kidnapping a woman Monday night before dumping her believed-dead body off a rural Perry County road.
Authorities are searching for Juemal Montrell Morris, 23, of 16504 Frazier Pike in Little Rock, and Sara Frances Dixon, also known as Sara Dixon-Styers, of 507 Summit St., Sherwood, in connection with the alleged crimes. Dixon is the daughter of the victim, Rita McGinness, and Morris reportedly is Dixon’s boyfriend.
According to Perry County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigator Ray Byrd, the incident occurred following an argument at the residence. After arguing with Morris, McGinness ran outside the residence, attempting to get away, when Morris allegedly hit her with a golf club and kicked her in the head.
McGinness managed to go back into the residence, but was grabbed by Morris and thrown onto a bed in the bedroom, Byrd said, adding that Morris held the victim at gunpoint, demanding money and the PIN number to her debit card. The victim stated that Morris told her he "should just stick (her) and get it over with." McGinness was tied up with shoestrings and plastic ties and wrapped in a blanket. When Morris left the room, investigators say McGinness pleaded with Dixon not to let her boyfriend kill her, but Dixon refused, according to a statement given by the victim to the Perry County Sheriff’s Office.
McGinness pretended to "pass out and die" as the suspects loaded her body into the trunk of a car.
The suspects dumped McGinness in a deep ravine along Highway 113 in Perry County.
Accoring to Byrd, McGinness managed to free herself from the ties and called the Perry County Sheriff’s Office from the home of a local resident.
McGinness was treated and released from Conway Regional Medical Center. Perry County deputies collected evidence from the scene and took a statement from the victim.
Warrants have been issued for both Morris and Dixon. Morris is being charged with criminal attempt to commit capital murder, kidnapping, aggravated robbery and theft of property. Dixon is being charged with criminal attempt to commit capital murder, kidnapping, aggravated robbery, tampering with evidence and theft of property.
The suspects are believed to be driving the victim’s car, a blue 2005 Chevrolet Impala with Arkansas license "475 LEO."
Anyone with information as to to the whereabouts of Morris and Dixon are urged to contact the Sherwood Police Department at (501) 835-1425.
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