Arrests made in Lonoke County homicide


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – A elderly mother and son have been arrested on charges in the death of a man who died in Little Rock Wednesday night, though detectives believe his injuries happened in Lonoke County.

Police in Little Rock were contacted about a man in need of medical assistance in front of a home in the 1400 block of South Elm Street just after 8:00 p.m.

The man, later identified as 60-year-old John Harp, was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Just before midnight, Lonoke County detectives responded to an address in the Butlerville area believed to be the initial incident scene. During the investigation, a suspect was developed.

Arrested at the scene was 54-year-old Ricky Allen Williams of Butlerville on suspicion of capital murder and possession of a firearm by certain persons, both felonies.

Also arrested at the scene was Williams’s Mother, 76-year-old Willie Faye Thompson on suspicion of felony hindering apprehension or prosecution.

Both suspects are being held at the Lonoke County Detention Center with no bond pending their first appearance.

ORIGINAL – A homicide initially discovered by Little Rock Police on Wednesday night is now thought to have originally occurred in Lonoke County.

Police were contacted about a white male in need of medical assistance in front of a home in the 1400 block of South Elm Street just after 8:00 p.m. 

When they arrived, they found 60-year-old John Harp suffering from lacerations. He was transported to a local hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Harp’s body was then sent to the Arkansas State Crime Lab to determine the manner and cause of death.

Detectives were not able to find the exact crime location, but after contacting the Lonoke County Sheriff’s Department on a possible address related to Harp, it was determined that the crime happened within Lonoke County.

The investigation was then turned over to the LCSD for investigation.

A vehicle is being processed that may have been used to transport the victim’s body to Pulaski County.

The investigation is ongoing.

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