From Conway Police Department reports
Scammer tries to take money from resident
A Conway resident was almost scammed last week by a man who claimed there was a warrant out for his arrest.
According to an incident report, an unnamed suspect called the complainant around 2 p.m. July 24 saying he was “an investigator with the government” and that the complainant had an outstanding warrant issued against him.
The 27-year-old Conway man proceeded to question the caller about what the warrant was issued against him for. According to the scammer, investigators “recovered a vehicle on the side of the road in Texas with (10) pounds of cocaine and his blood in it.”
This is not the first time a scammer has used this scenario in an attempt to scam Conway residents, according to detective Thomas “Bob” Cole’s supplemental report.
Through the years, detectives have learned the calls originate overseas and that the scammers are able to mask their location and other identifying information.
“Further, many of these scams, when trackable, are found to originate in countries without an extradition treaty with the United States, making prosecution impossible even in the event a suspect can be identified,” the report reads in part.
According to the report, the scammer asked the 27-year-old Conway man how much money he had in the bank after reading off his social security number. The man admitted he had $7 in his checking account and $4,000 in his savings account. From there, the scammer told the potential victim to load money onto gift cards and send him the card numbers.
This made the complainant suspicious, so he confronted the caller. When the complainant confronted the man posing as an investigator, the man hung up the phone, according to the report.
Man picked up on warrants faces charges
As authorities were arresting a man with multiple warrants, they reportedly found he had meth in his home.
The U.S. Marshal’s Service along with the Conway Police Department’s Crime Suppression Unit went to Landover trail shortly after 8:15 p.m. July 24 to arrest Austin Cole Mayo, 20, because he had “numerous” warrants issued against him.
While at the 20-year-old’s home, authorities found “a plastic container that was later found to contain a baggy of clear crystalline substance.”
Mayo was ultimately taken to the Faulkner County Detention Center following the incident.
Pest control employee facing intox charge
A Terminix employee was arrested Thursday on suspicion of public intoxication.
A Whitney Woods resident called police around 10:40 a.m. Thursday because they were concerned the worker was impaired.
Witnesses told police Mark Ashmore, 51, of Russellville showed up at their residence but that they did not answer the door because they were not expecting pest control. Eventually, one of the individuals in the home went outside to check on the Terminix employee.
The Russellville man said he “wasn’t at the right place but had to wait before he left.”
The suspect eventually left for Patricia Lane. One of the witnesses followed him after calling authorities.
According to the report, the witness did not notice anything odd about the way the man was driving other than him changing his blinkers back and forth “as if he didn’t know which direction he was going.”
When officer Andrew J. Foreman arrived on scene, the Terminix employee claimed he recently switched blood pressure medications and “between that and the heat, it had him off.” Foreman allowed the man to call someone to pick him up, but he soon noticed the man was slurring his words more and smelled of alcohol.
“Ashmore continued to slur his words and seemed to be slouching low. Outside of the backyard, I could see that his eyes were glassy and watery,” the report reads in part. “I could also detect the odor of intoxicants as the wind was blowing towards me. Due to this, I believed that Ashmore was not having an adverse reaction to medication but was under the influence of alcohol.”
The Terminix employee was arrested on site and another employee was called to pick up his vehicle.