Beebe Police Make Arrests for Theft, Failure to Appear and Sexual Assault

May 3rd, 2012 | By admin | Category: Top Story

Beebe Police Chief S.Wayne Ballew released the following information concerning recent felony arrests in Beebe.

On Thursday, April 26th, 2012, David Christopher Geater, 29, of Cabot was arrested for “Theft by Receiving” at a business on Dewitt Henry Drive.  The theft of a utility trailer had taken place during the early morning hours on the 26th in Lonoke County and information concerning the trailer had been released by the Lonoke County Sheriff’s Office. While on routine patrol, Officer Steve Hall observed a silver Chevrolet pickup truck with a trailer in tow matching the description of the stolen trailer from Lonoke County.  The vehicle and trailer were parked in the parking lot of O’Reilly’s Auto Parts store on Dewitt Henry Drive.

Officer Hall ran the tags displayed on the trailer and confirmation from the ACIC terminal that the license plate as the one on the stolen utility trailer. The vehicle was unoccupied and Officer Josh Middleton arrived as back up officer for Officer Hall.

The owner of the vehicle, David Geater along with James Anthony Arras, 28, of Ward were found inside  O’ Reilly’s and were escorted out into the parking lot.  Geater was arrested on the felony charge and taken into custody.  A pat down search of Arras found that he had two items in his pocket which belonged to O’Reilly’s for which he had not paid.  Arras was charged with a misdemeanor count of “Shoplifting.”

Chief Ballew stated that the theft of the trailer took place shortly before 6:00 a.m. and the arrest of Geater took place at 11:17 a.m..  Chief Ballew said that Officer Steve Hall is to be commended for the arrest.

“Steve is a very vigilant street officer and has made numerous arrests over the two years he had been at our department,” the Chief said.  The utility trailer was returned to the owner along with a table saw which was inside the trailer.

Geater was transported to the White County Detention Center in Searcy and held in lieu of a $5,000 bond.  Arras was released on the Shoplifting charge after posting bond at the Beebe Police Department.

Also on Thursday, Ryan Michael Hice, 23, of Beebe was located at a residence in Windwood by officers of the Beebe Police Department and arrested on a felony bench warrant issued through the White County Circuit Court for “Failure to Appear.”  Hice was transported to the White County Detention Center in Searcy and held in lieu of a $100,000.00 bond.

On Saturday, April 28th, 2012, the mother of a nine year girl reported that her daughter had been sexually assaulted from October of 2011 and as recent as a week ago by a Beebe man.  Chief Ballew said that he met with the mother on Sunday, April 29th after the child had been interviewed by the Crimes Against Children Office in Searcy.   The case was assigned to Captain Eddie Cullum.

Kenneth D. Parr, 49, of Beebe was interviewed by Cullum who subsequently arrested him for 15 counts of 2nd Degree Sexual Assault regarding the nine year old girl.  2nd Degree Sexual Assault is a Class “B” felony and upon conviction a person can receive a prison term of not less than 5 years or more than 20 years and a fine of up to $15,000.00.  Parr was transported to the White County Detention Center in Searcy were he posted a $20,000 bond and was released.

Chief Ballew says that he is very grateful to the White County Children’s Safety Center for all the support provided to the Beebe Police Department.  The Center works hand-in-hand with the Ark. State Police Crimes Against Children Division which offers unlimited information and assistance to the Beebe Police Department in all criminal matters involving children.