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Arkadelphia Siftings Herald - Arkadelphia, AR
  • Felon flags down police

  • Is then arrested for illegal possession of a firearm
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  • A Bismarck felon has been charged with possession of a firearm by a certain person after he waved down an officer in search of a ride. Shaun Randall Williams, 40, of 199 Lennox Lane, Bismarck, was arrested Nov. 12 in Caddo Valley when he flagged down Police Chief Aaron Collier at the Phillips 66 gas station on Highway 7. "He stated to me that he wanted me to help find a ride for him and his two female friends, Emily Kearns and Erica Ward," Collier wrote in an affidavit filed with Clark County Prosecutor Blake Batson. The affidavit does not indicate why the trio needed a ride. The affidavit notes that as Collier was speaking with Williams outside Williams' vehicle, Collier noticed a box of ammunition in the console, asked Williams if he had a gun inside the vehicle and got "no" for an answer. Collier ran Williams and the two females' information through the Arkansas Crime Information Center and learned that Kearns had a warrant for her arrest in Hot Spring County. "I noticed a large handgun in a brown holster sitting under the edge of the seat as I was talking to Emily Kearns about her warrant," the affidavit states. Collier removed that firearm and secured it in a police vehicle. When the ACIC check revealed that Williams had a prior felony conviction, Collier turned his attention back to the ownership of the gun. Williams allegedly stated the gun belonged to his grandfather, then changed his story to say it belonged to Ward's boyfriend, who was not in the vehicle. Ward said she had never seen the gun before and that she didn't know who it belonged to, according to the affidavit. Williams faces a Class D felony punishable by up to six years in prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000.

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