From Conway Police Department reports

Armed suspect leads police on chase, gets away

An unnamed suspect believed to be involved in an armed robbery last week led police on a foot chase last weekend.

According to an incident report, a Conway officer was patrolling along Dave Ward Drive around 3 a.m. April 3 when he saw a man riding a purple bicycle head south on Nutter's Chapel Road. Officer Austin Clagett noticed the man matched the description of an aggravated robbery suspect, and proceeded to follow the man in question, the report states.

Clagett said that once he approached the man, he began to flee.

"I noticed that the male matched the description of a suspect from an armed robbery earlier in the night in which a handgun was used to rob two employees of a local business at gunpoint," the incident report reads in part. "The male was also coming from the direction of the business. I pulled up next to the man to speak with him for a moment. He looked over his shoulder, dropped the bike, and took off running."

Clagett chased after the suspect, yelling "Police!"

Because he believed the man was armed, Clagett said he pulled out is Taser just as the suspect jumped over a ditch near the intersection of Christina and Carolyn lanes. When the suspect made it to the other side of the ditch, he stumbled a bit, which is when Clagett saw he man had a handgun, according to the report.

"When he stood up, he had a black semi-auto pistol in his right hand," the report states. "[At] that point, I deployed my Taser. The Taser did not have an effect on the man and he continued to flee from me. Since I had observed the firearm in his hand, I drew my firearm and began creating space between myself and the suspect."

Eventually, Clagett lost sight of the suspect. According to the report, authorities searched the area for hours but were unable to find the man. Detective Joshua Fulbright also brought the department's drone to aide in the search.

The suspect's bike was collected as evidence following the incident, the report states.

Damages reported at church

Authorities were called out to the Peace Lutheran Church on Donaghey Avenue last weekend after a wheel fell off a vehicle passing by and damaged two vehicles at the church.

According to an incident report, authorities were called to the church around 10 a.m. April 6 after "a wheel broke off of a vehicle and rolled into the church parking lot, causing damage."

Those on scene did not see what vehicle the wheel flew off of, but said the heard "the crash of the wheel."

Two vehicles, including a church bus, were damaged during the incident. According to the report, the wheel struck the passenger side of the church well and also damaged the complainant's personal vehicle.

Damages were initially estimated at $1,000, according to the report.

Meat thief flees supermarket

Supermarket employees contacted the police department last weekend after a shopper attempted to steal meat.

According to an incident report, a 10Box Cost Plus employee called the police department shortly after 5:30 p.m. April 3 after watching a woman stick various steaks into her purse.

The woman in question was wearing black pants and a red shirt reportedly stuck "several steaks" into a tan purse on the day in question. However, once the suspect noticed the employee standing at the front of the store while talking on her cell phone "she dumped the items and left the store."

According to the report, the woman fled east onto Sixth Street in a black Chevrolet HHR. Authorities searched the area, but were unable to find the vehicle in question.