MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. – A 34-year-old man from Yellville wanted in connection with a disturbance and assault in the Buford community early Sunday has been arrested and taken into custody by authorities in Gulf Port, Miss. after a man-hunt there.
Michael David Hamilton, who was being sought by the Baxter County (Arkansas) Sheriff’s Department was arrested by Gulf Port Police Officers and Harrison County Sheriff’s Deputies about 6 a.m. today after he was identified as a suspect in a series of serious crimes that were committed early in the morning.
Hamilton had apparently concealed himself inside Academy Sports in Gulf Port, were officers responded to an alarm at that business around 3:30 a.m. They found that locks and chains used to secure firearms had been cut, and several firearms had been stolen from the store. The 2007 Red Dodge truck stolen from Arkansas was found in the parking lot, according to a news release from the Baxter County Sheriff’s Office.
Shortly thereafter, officers responded to a nearby RV Park in Gulf Port where the owners had been held at gunpoint, tied up, and their vehicle stolen. Following that incident, officers responded to a nearby commercial chemical company where persons there had also been held at gunpoint, tied up, and yet another vehicle stolen.
Mississippi law enforcement authorities found that stolen vehicle, which Hamilson was driving, initiated a traffic stop and arrested him. Arkansas authorities were informed.
Mississippi authorities anticipate filing up to ten felony charges Hamilton, including Kidnapping, Armed Robbery, and Theft. He will be held at the Harrison County Jail. A hold will be placed for Baxter County on the outstanding bench warrant, but it is unlikely that he will be returned to Arkansas to face those Baxter County charges for quite some time, according to the release from the Arkansas sheriff’s office.
Hamilton was being sought by Baxter County after deputies responded to a call about 3 a.m. Sunday on County Road 1073 after a neighbor reported a disturbance.
They found the electricity at the house had been cut off and a woman was found locked in a bathroom. Evidence of a fight or altercation was apparent and the electric meter had been damaged, according to a news release from the sheriff.
The woman told deputies what there were five people staying at the residence including a house guest who she said awakened her to say the power was off and then attacked her with a metal pipe before she took refuge in the bathroom.
She said the man also attacked the three others in house, two of whom escaped and ran into the woods. The third was able to drive his vehicle to the residents of the neighbor who called 911.
That victim was taken to Baxter Regional Medical Center in Mountain Home by ambulance and others went to the hospital by private vehicle, the release said.