Baxter Co. wanted man arrested in MS

Michael David Hamilton (Source: Baxter County Sheriff's Office)
Michael David Hamilton (Source: Baxter County Sheriff's Office)

BUFORD, AR (KAIT) – A man accused of assaulting four people and stealing a truck in Baxter County has been arrested in Mississippi after authorities there say he committed multiple felonies.

Sheriff John Montgomery said his office was notified of Michael David Hamilton's arrest in Gulfport, Mississippi Thursday morning.

Authorities in Gulfport told the sheriff's office Hamilton was identified as a suspect in a number of serious crimes before being arrested.

Police said he hid inside the Academy Sport + Outdoors early Thursday morning. When police responded to an alarm at the business, they found several guns had been stolen. They also found the stolen pickup truck Hamilton is accused of stealing from Baxter County in the parking lot.

Officers responded to an RV park, then a commercial chemical company where Hamilton is accused of tying people up and stealing two vehicles at gunpoint.

Hamilton was later arrested without incident after a traffic stop. No one was injured during the incidents on Thursday.

Mississippi authorities may file up to ten felonies against Hamilton including, kidnapping, armed robbery and theft.

Days prior in Baxter County, sheriff's deputies responded to a disturbance at 136 County Road 1073 in Buford around 3:30 a.m. on Feb. 9. When deputies arrived they found a woman locked in a bathroom and damage to the residence indicating a fight.

The woman in the bathroom told deputies Hamilton was a house guest. According to the woman, Hamilton woke her up and told her the power was off. Then she told deputies he attacked her with a metal pipe before she locked herself in the bathroom.

Hamilton reportedly attacked another woman and two men before fleeing the scene.

One man, seriously injured in the attack, was taken to a Mountain Home hospital after driving to a neighbor's home. The other three injured went to the hospital in a private vehicle. The names of the victims have not been released.

Sheriff Montgomery states it will be "quite some time" before Hamilton will be returned to Arkansas to face charges of aggravated robbery, second degree battery and theft of property in Baxter County.

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