In a Sunday press release, Lonoke County Sheriff John Staley announced a mass arrest in a roundup of sex offenders who have not met notification requirements.
According to the press release, Operation Hide and Seek was conducted Friday and Saturday, Aug. 23 and 24. It was a cooperative effort with Carlisle Police Department, Ward Police Department, United States Marshals office, U.S. Secret Service, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
In the operation, officers conducted a sex offender verification that included serving arrest warrants, verifying that level 3 and 4 sex offenders have complied with information and notification requirements.
The objective the two days was to verify 55 Level 3 and 4 Sex Offenders. “This operation was a big success. Law Enforcement made a total of 30 arrests,” Staley remarked in the release.
Staley said 30 individuals were arrested on a variety of charges – 25 sex offender violations were cited, three narcotics violations were found and five fugitive warrants from other agencies were carried out.
Staley said that, for Lonoke County, “the main target” was Blake Davis, 19, of Cabot, on an arrest warrant for intimidating a witness; the warrant is in a rape charge that is pending.
The press release noted that Davis was apprehended and is being held without bond in the Lonoke County Detention Center until first appearance in Circuit Court.
Besides the objective of Hide and Seek, sheriff’s investigators opened numerous new investigations ranging from narcotics to other sex offenses, Staley said.
“Your Lonoke County Sheriff’s Department will continue to work hard and do everything in our power to keep our children and citizens safe; if you chose to offend in Lonoke County you will be held accountable,” Staley declared in the press release.
List of arrests provided by the Lonoke County Sheriff’s office:
Blake Davis, 19, Cabot - Intimidating a witness.
Johnny Collier, 58, Ward – failure to comply.
Robert Allen Borders, 49, Lonoke - media content with explicit content of children, Possession Controlled Substance - Marijuana, Possession of Paraphernalia.
Jeffery Tims, 57, Cabot – failure to comply (Incorrect Address on ID).
Billy Dean Bevell, 40, Humnoke – failure to comply with sex offender requirements.
Brien O’Keith Burnett, 31, Carlisle - failure to comply (incorrect Address on ID), Parole Hold.
Donald A. Jenkins, 30, Carlisle - failure to register (Johnson County); failure to comply (Incorrect Address on ID).
Michael White, 39, Cabot – stalking.
David William Hicks, 45, Lonoke - failuree to comply (incorrect Address on ID) Parole Hold.
The remainder of the list had not been released as of press time.