Woman witnesses murder, suspects kidnap her and throw her into freezing river: Police

One man is behind bars while police search for another suspect after the pair allegedly threw an Arkansas woman into a freezing cold river after she witnessed a fatal shooting.

ABC7 reports that a 42-year-old woman managed to swim her way out of the Arkansas River on early Monday morning. Someone heard her screams and called 911. Authorities found the victim lying on the banks of the river, suffering from extreme hypothermia. They rushed her to a local hospital, where she told them what happened and how she ended up in the river.

According to the victim, she witnessed a home invasion off of the 3100 block of Johnson Road in the town of Scott, around 15 miles southeast of Little Rock at around midnight on Monday. She saw a shooting that left one man dead and another man in the hospital. Lonoke County sheriff’s officials indicated that 49-year-old Arlin Nugent died during the home invasion, while the second man was taken to a local hospital.

The two suspects reportedly kidnapped the woman during the home invasion and drove to the river, where they threw her off of the I-430 bridge. The temperature of the water was around 32 degrees at the time.

Police arrested on of the suspects, Richard Gilliam, 33, at his Little Rock apartment. He was booked into the Lonoke County Detention Center where he remains without bond.

Another suspect, whose name is currently unknown, is still on the run. Anyone with any information should contact police immediately.

The story is still developing. Check back with CrimeOnline as additional details become available.

[Feature Photo: Richard Gilliam/Lonoke County Detention Center]