Police Arrest Three in Holly Grove Vandalism

LITTLE ROCK, AR - The arrests of three men, and a search for a fourth, should end incidents of vandalism that have plagued the small east Arkansas town of Holly Grove.  But authorities in the Monroe County town say several instances of arson remain unsolved.

State Police special agent Phillip Hyrdon says police arrested 22-year-old Ronnie Johnson, 20-year-old Jheren Moore and 21-year-old Torrye Sims for the vandalism that left eight bullet holes in City Hall and a few downtown businesses with smashed windows.

Hyrdon says the men, all from Holly Grove, also are believed to have shot out and smashed windows of the police cars before setting them on fire.

All three were charged with criminal mischief and arson, both felonies.  Moore also was charged with theft by receiving, a felony.  Sims was charged with possession of firearms by a certain person, also a felony.

Police also were searching for 23-year-old Terrell Parris of Holly Grove.  Hydron says Parris will be charged with criminal mischief when he is arrested.

Police think the vandalism was separate from the fires.

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