Police capture man following Sunday chase

Published: Jun. 19, 2022 at 9:42 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 20, 2022 at 12:45 PM CDT
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HARDY, Ark. (KAIT) – Hardy Police Chief Scott Rose confirmed a suspect in a weekend chase has been captured.

Josh Hoover was captured at Riverbend Park at 12 p.m., Monday, June 20.

According to Rose, on Sunday, June 19, at 10:20 a.m., Hoover was reported to have approached a female victim at Riverbend Park at gunpoint, and after committing sexual crimes against the person, he forced her into her own vehicle and left the park.

The two traveled to a gas station in Highland, where she was able to escape the vehicle and locked herself into a bathroom, Rose said.

Deputies chased Hoover after they spotted him near the Spring River, going into Highway 63 north of Hardy until they were unable to keep up due to heavy traffic.

Rose said it was believed Hoover was staying in Riverbend Park because he had family who had property and a camper at that location that was not being used. He said the property owner or the family were unaware Hoover was hiding at the park.

Rose added a similar crime was committed in Jonesboro in which Hoover was a suspect and had active warrants, and it was believed that was the reason why he hid in the Riverbend area.

Region 8 News will continue to gather more details on this developing story.

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