A Leslie man was arrested at a Conway hotel Tuesday after police found him lying in bed covered in silver spray paint.

Conway police responded to a call for an armed suspect at the Economy Inn on Oak Street. A woman staying at the hotel told police that a man was taking pictures of her daughters while they were swimming in the pool. When the woman confronted the man, he exited his room holding a large knife. The woman said the man “just stood and stared at her, holding the knife in his hand.” After a few minutes, the man returned inside the room. 

According to the report, officers noticed the suspect looking out of his second floor window, but he quickly closed the curtain after seeing police on scene.

Officers attempted to make contact with the man, but the suspect refused to open the door. Conway police continued knocking loudly on the door, causing people in adjoining rooms to step out into the hallway.

The desk clerk on duty notified the owner of the hotel, who requested that the clerk ask the man to leave. When the suspect refused to open the door for the desk clerk, she gained entry to the room by using a keycard. Officers found the 57-year-old suspect lying on the bed and an “overwhelming odor of inhalants” in the room. According to the report, the man had silver paint on his face, hands and feet, as well as the bedsheets. Several cans of silver spray paint were found in the room, as well as a plastic bag with silver paint in it. Two knives were located in the room within reach of the suspect, and a black Chihuahua was found under the bedsheets. 

The suspect was arrested for criminal trespassing and using inhalants. He was transported to the Faulkner County Detention Center Unit II. The dog was picked up by the Animal Welfare Unit.

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