Among reports recently released by local law enforcement:
1. A Vilonia man was arrested at about 11:30 Wednesday morning after an alleged fight with deputies at the 8-Mile Store on Highway 64 a few miles east of Conway.
According to Maj. Andy Shock of the Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office, Marcello Maldonado, 21, of 18 Jordan Road, Vilonia, had walked about half a mile to the convenience store after abandoning his Chrysler PT Cruiser at a nearby business and threatening workers there.
"Mr. Maldonado and his passenger had been in some type of argument while driving down the highway and he just locked up the brakes ... and slid sideways into the ditch and into a parking lot of Moix Tractor Company," Shock said.
When Maldonado allegedly made threats against employees of the business, the employees called police, Shock said. A deputy responding to the area noticed a man matching Maldonado’s description walking into the 8-Mile store and attempted to question him. Shock said Maldonado did not cooperate with the deputy or another who arrived, and later resisted arrest, "seriously scratching" one deputy’s hand in a scuffle.
He was arrested on suspicion of disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, two counts third-degree battery and for a warrant for failure to appear. Both Maldonado and the deputy he is alleged to have injured were evaluated by MEMS at the scene. The deputy drove to Conway Regional Medical Center for further treatment to his hand. Maldonado’s passenger was not arrested.
2. Residential burglary at 1300 block of Stanley Russ Road. Police responded to a home security system alarm at about 8:40 Monday morning and searched the residence, finding no one. A jewelry box containing almost 40 items of jewelry, the total value of which was estimated to be more than $20,000, had been stolen. The thief or thieves made entrance by forcing open a rear door. Nothing else seemed to have been stolen or disturbed. No suspects were identified.
3. Breaking or entering/possible commercial burglary at 1335 East Oak St. (Steve’s Auto). An officer patrolling the East Oak Street area late Tuesday night found it odd given "the late hour of the night and recent break-ins in the vicinity" that two men were walking along the roadway wearing dark-colored "hoodie" sweatshirts and turned around to make contact with them, according to the report. By the time the officer turned around the two men were nowhere in sight, and so the officer decided to check businesses in the area, the nearest of which was Steve’s Auto. "As I came around the northeast corner of the shop, I saw the two subjects inside the fenced-in area. ... The two subjects had what appeared to be white bandannas covering the lower half of their faces," the report states. When the officer commanded the men to stop and get on the ground, both ran. The officer was able to run down one of the suspects, later identified as 20-year-old James Joseph Alumbaugh of 3601 Gold Lake Road, Conway, who was taken by MEMS to Conway Regional Medical Center complaining of chest pains and shortness of breath and later to county jail on suspicion of breaking or entering and fleeing on foot. A perimeter was set up to catch the second suspect, but he was not sighted again.
4. Aggravated assault at 2800 block of Dave Ward Drive. Victim reported that as she walked to her car late Monday night she was confronted by two subjects described as black males about 5-foot-eight-inches tall. One of these males pointed a handgun at her face, according to the report, and both left without further incident in what was described as an early ’90s sedan, likely of American make. The victim supposed that the two men may have been trying to break into her vehicle, according to the report.
5. Third-degree battery at an unknown location, possibly inside Conway. Officers responded to Conway Regional Medical Center early Tuesday morning to be told by a Mayflower woman in her late 30s with scrapes and lacerations to her face that the last thing she remembered was sitting against a tree in the Paradise Landing area of Mayflower and waking up in her home in a beaten state. Police have reason to believe, according to the report, that the woman may have been beaten at a Conway apartment complex.
6. Residential burglary at 2200 block of Rosemary Drive. Victim reported that at some point between 6 p.m. Saturday and 12:08 a.m. Sunday someone broke into a residence by removing a window and stole a Nintendo Wii game console and some medicine and makeup.
7. Criminal mischief/possible commercial burglary at 2121 Robinson Ave. (Conway Regional Medical Center Home Care Office). Conway Regional staff reported on Tuesday that someone had apparently tried to pry open an exterior door during the night.
(Those with information pertaining to these reports or any unsolved crime are urged to contact the Conway Police Department at 450-6120. Staff writer Joe Lamb can be reached at 505-1238.)