Helena-West Helena Police Arrest Two Suspects In Christmas Day Shooting

HELENA-WEST HELENA, ARK (localmemphis.co - Helena-West Helena investigators say two suspects wanted in connection with a shooting that occurred on Christmas day, are now in custody.

Virgil Green, Chief of Police with Helena-West Helena Police Department stated since the day of the shooting investigators have been following up on tips and leads that have led investigators to 19-year-old Dontaris Thomas, of Helena-West Helena, and 19-year-old Hakeem Williams, of Helena-West Helena. 

Williams turned himself in to investigators Thursday morning to the Jacksonville, Arkansas, police department. Investigators say Thomas barricaded himself in the attic of a home in Jacksonville, but was taken into custody later.

Green says they got their first break in the investigation when patrol officers hours after the shooting spotted a white Jaguar that was seen leaving the area at a high rate of speed.

"During this investigation, we have identified Williams and Thomas as suspects who were in the White Jaguar, who shot the father and daughter as they were walking down Kentucky Street," said Green.

As far as a motive, investigators haven’t been able to clearly say why the father and daughter were shot, other than it was an act of random violence.

Green stated officers went before a Phillips County Judge Wednesday and secured a warrant for  Thomas and Williams. 

Bond for both suspects is $400,000. The pair face charges of Terroristic Act, Battery 1ST Degree, X2 Counts, and Aggravated Robbery.  

Williams and Thomas are also suspects in an Aggravated Robbery that occurred hours after the drive-by shooting.  


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