Area law enforcement were out en masse Thursday evening as they searched for Michael Walker of Hope, who fled from a residence and into the field and woods when investigators attempted to take him into custody some time around 4 p.m. According to his booking information, Walker was wanted for Domestic Battery 3rd Degree and Aggravated Assault on a Family or Household Member.
When Walker fled the residence, located in the flats between Perrytown and Emmet, investigators pursued and called in assistance from other officers and agencies. Officers from the Hope Police Department, Hempstead County Sheriff’s Office, Nevada County Sheriff’s Office, Arkansas Highway Police, Arkansas State Police and Arkansas Game & Fish all responded to set up a perimeter to prevent Walker from escaping the area.
Officers searched on foot, in 4×4 trucks and ATV’s through the large area of fields and woods north of the residence. Others kept watch along Highway 67 and Highway 299 for any sign of Walker.
The search took just over an hour. Officers located Walker’s tracks in the creek bed and were able to track him to where he hunkered down. He was taken into custody without further incident, placed in a Hempstead County Deputy’s patrol truck and driven back out to the Highway and then transported at around 5:15 p.m. to the Hempstead County Detention Center where he remains in custody for his previous charges.