On May 11, 2016 at approximately 2:25 pm the Hot Springs Police Department received numerous 911 calls in reference to a shooting in the area of Helen Street. Responding Officer’s located one victim near the scene who had been shot and that victim was transported to an area hospital by ambulance. Officers secured the scene and located numerous shell casings in the area of 110 Helen Street.
A short time later, HSPD was notified of two other shooting victims at National Park Medical Center. The victims at National Park Medical Center had been driven there by private vehicles. Detectives responded to National Park Hospital and contacted two male victims along with several witnesses. Subsequent to investigation, Jimmy Harris was taken into custody at 110 Helen Street without incident. Harris is charged with three counts of Battery in the First Degree and five counts of Aggravated Assault. Harris’ bond is set at $27,500.
Detectives are currently processing the crime scene and interviewing other persons of interest. All three victims appear to have non-life threatening injuries. The investigation is ongoing.
On Monday May 9, 2016 the Garland County Sheriff’s Office received a snapshot from the Arkansas Child Abuse Hotline regarding sexual abuse of a twelve year old female by a known offender, James Sharp of Hot Springs.
On May 10, 2016 the twelve year old female was interviewed at the Cooper-Anthony Mercy Child Advocacy Center by investigators from the Arkansas State Police and the Garland County Sheriff’s Office. The twelve year old juvenile female disclosed that she and the offender had numerous sexual contacts between the ages of eleven and twelve.
The Garland County Sheriff’s Office received information that James Sharp was planning to flee to the state of Georgia to avoid prosecution. A warrant was issued for James Eugene Sharp (D.O.B. 01/30/1984) on the charge of Rape 5-14-103 a class Y felony.
On Tuesday May 10, 2016 Garland County investigators with assistance from the Hot Springs Police Department were able to locate and apprehend James Sharp at a local Motel on Albert Pike Road at approximately 3:30 P.M.
Mr. Sharp is currently being held on a $0 bond at the Garland County Detention Center.
On 5/10/2016 investigators with the Garland County Sheriff’s Department were able to develop information about a possible suspect vehicle in the early morning killing of Gina Tonette Thomas W/F (D.O.B. 08/08/1971) which led them to the residence of James Earby Lingo W/M (D.O.B. 08/04/1986). During the investigation they were able to locate a white Chevrolet pickup truck registered to Mr. Lingo. Investigators learned from a witness that Lingo had changed out the tires and wheels, cleaned up the front of the truck, and removed an LED light bar from the vehicle. They were led by the witness to an area not far from Lingo’s home where they recovered an LED light bar and a set of tires and rims. The rims, tires, and light bar had been concealed in the bushes in such a way as to prevent their discovery. Investigators were able to compare evidence found at the scene with evidence from the vehicle and concluded that they were similar.
James Lingo was placed in custody on 05/10/2016 at approximately 7:36 P.M. for Murder in the 1st degree 5-10-102 Class Y felony, Aggravated Assault 5-13-204 Class D felony, Criminal Mischief 1st degree 5-38-203, and Tampering with Physical Evidence 5-53-111 Class D felony. Mr. Lingo is currently being held on $0 bond in the Garland County Detention Center
On 05/09/2016 at approximately 8:15 p.m., the Hot Springs Police Department responded to 211 Bayles Street in reference to a shooting. Upon arrival, officer’s found 53 year old Robert Alexander laying in the front entrance of the residence. Mr. Alexander had been shot in his torso and was transported by ambulance to St. Vincent Hospital. Mr. Alexander’s condition is critical.
Eric Shaw (DOB: 03/24/1976) was developed as a suspect and it was learned he had possibly fled to Malvern, Arkansas. An arrest warrant for Shaw was obtained. Hot Springs Police contacted the Malvern Police Department and asked for their assistance in locating Eric Shaw. Officers from the Malvern Police Department located Eric Shaw’s vehicle at a local motel. Shaw exited the motel room and was taken into custody. After Shaw was taken into custody, it was discovered he had also shot himself in his leg. Shaw was transported to National Park Hospital for treatment and was released a few hours later.
Eric Shaw was booked into the Garland County Detention Center for one count of Battery in the First Degree. Eric Shaw’s bond is set at $100,000.
On Tuesday May 10, 2016 at approximately 12:10 A.M. the Garland County Sheriff’s Department, the Arkansas State Police and Hot Springs Police Department responded to a call of a traffic accident in the 2700 block of East Grand Avenue.
Upon arrival, law enforcement encountered a white male who stated that he was camping in a wooded area along with a white female. The male also stated that a truck drove through the area occupied by two unknown persons. A verbal altercation took place and the truck drove away.
A short time later, the same truck came back and rammed the back of the camper’s vehicle causing it to roll over the tent which was occupied by the female camper. The female camper was killed in the incident and the driver of the truck left the area.
Investigators arrived on scene and found evidence that the vehicle was in fact rammed from the rear.
The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to call the Garland County Sheriff’s Department at 501-622-3660 or the anonymous hotline at 501-622-3674. The victim’s name is not being released at this time pending notification of the next of kin.