Fugitive found; burglar sought by sheriff

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Acting on a tip, Lonoke County Sheriff’s deputies located and took into custody a woman who had avoided being taken into custody on a charge of fleeing as well as others. Officials are still seeking another fugitive sought in another incident.

According to information from the sheriff’s office, Ashley Michelle Leslie, 29, was taken into custody late Tuesday evening. Leslie had been sought on charges of felony fleeing, aggravated assault, and possession of a controlled substance with the purpose to deliver. There was also warrant for Leslie issued by the Arkansas Board of Parole.

Lt. Jim Kulesa, sheriff’s office public information officer, Leslie was found at a Briarwood Loop residence shortly after officials were told of where she might be found. Kulesa said she is being held at Lonoke County Detention Facility on no bond pending a hearing on Friday.

In an unrelated incident, one person was arrested and another is being sought in the July 25 burglary of a Cricket Road residence at Cabot.

According to information from the Lonoke County Sheriff’s office, Catrina Blankenship, 30, Conway, was arrested in the burglary, for the offenses of residential burglary, seven counts of theft of property, obstructing governmental operations, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Eugene Travis Hall, 32, is sought in the burglary. Hall remains at large, and is described as a white male, six feet tall, 160 pounds, red hair, blue eyes. Hall is believed to be in the Little Rock area.

According to the sheriff’s press release, at about 1 p.m., July 25, a report was made of a residential burglary on Cricket Road at Cabot.

Deputies learned that the homeowner had come home and found a car, with a female inside, in his driveway. The female, later identified as Blankenship, had said she was lost and asked for directions to Vilonia.

Upon entering his home, the homeowner found his firearms, televisions and other property by the front door.

A description of the suspect vehicle was issued, after which Deputy David Dillon saw the vehicle on Ballard Road and made a traffic stop.

Kulesa and Investigator Carla Lucas responded to assist. The female was identified as Blankenship. The preliminary investigation determined that Hall, with whom Blankenship was in a relationship, had entered the Cricket Road residence though a window, but had fled the area when the homeowner returned.

Tracking dogs from the Arkansas Department of Corrections, Tucker Unit, searched a nearby wooded area but did not find Hall.

However, Hall was seen entering a green vehicle, possibly a Saturn, and then leaving the area.

Blankenship was arrested for the offenses of residential burglary, seven counts of theft of property, obstructing governmental operations, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Anyone with information to provide about Hall’s whereabouts should call the Lonoke County sheriff’s office, 501-676-3000.

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