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 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.
According to a press release from GCSO, on Saturday 04/30/2016 at approximately 3:00 A.M. deputies from the Garland County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call of a shooting in the 300 block of Caroline Acres Road. Upon arrival the deputies came in contact with a 79 year old white female who stated that her husband had accidentally shot her. She was transported via LifeNet to St. Vincent’s emergency room for a severe laceration to her nose, and was later released.
Deputies made entry into the residence and found a 77 year old white male in bed with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound that resulted in his death. A weapon was recovered from the scene. Investigators were able to determine that the bullet from the self-inflicted gunshot wound was the bullet that grazed the female’s nose.
Hot Springs – On Monday 04/18/2016 at approximately 3:15 P.M. the Sheriff’s Office received a call of a home invasion that had just occurred in the 2800 block of Highway 290. An elderly couple stated that two unknown white males wearing dark hoodies and jeans knocked on their door, and when the door was cracked open, forced their way into the residence knocking the victim to the floor. The victim’s wife ran towards the back bedroom to call 911 but was knocked to the floor as well. The suspects took multiple items from the home and ran away in an unknown direction. Garland County units as well as Arkansas Game & Fish were on scene quickly, no arrests were made at the time of the initial report.