Press Release from Chief Kristi Bennett, Hot Springs Village Police Department, January 5, 2024, Hot Springs Village, AR

On January 2, 2024, at 9:50 p.m., the Hot Springs Village Police Department located a white Cadillac Escalade being driven erratically on the roadway. The officer initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle at the intersection of Fresno and Meseta Place. From that stop, it was determined that a possible incendiary device was in the vehicle, along with a small amount of marijuana, weapons, and a firearm. Subsequently, officers contacted the Arkansas State Police Bomb Squad, who additionally contacted the Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms Division (ATF), a federal agency. All agencies responded to a residence on Medina Way, where the vehicle had been located. The incendiary device was safely disposed of, with no citizens in immediate danger.

HSVPD made contact with several individuals inside the residence, none of whom were owners of the property.

One of the individuals, Derrick Spicer, 43, was arrested for an outstanding warrant and charged with obstruction of governmental operations. In addition, detectives determined Spicer was an unregistered sex offender out of Louisiana and Kansas. A warrant was obtained and served on Spicer for failure to register as a sex offender, a Class C felony.

A female, Heather Hensley, 33, was arrested on a warrant for failure to comply.

Two additional individuals, a male and a female, were banned from the Village for criminal trespassing.

The driver of the vehicle from the initial traffic stop is pending federal charges from the ATF.

HSVPD attempted to contact the homeowner without success. It should be noted we have a longstanding history of 911 calls to this residence and a significant number of calls relating to this address.

The Hot Springs Village Police Department will continue to be diligent in enforcing all criminal law violations with Hot Springs Village.

General manager Kelly Hale said, “Just as a reminder, anyone allowing an individual to come inside the village to your residence will be held accountable by the HSVPD and the POA, as they are your guests, and you will accept responsibility for their actions.”

HSV Police Department Traffic Stop Results in Several Arrests

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