Parolee arrested with gun, drugs in stolen vehicle after shots fired

A local parole criminal was arrested Monday night on multiple offenses after Hot Springs police responded to a report of gunshots being fired while allegedly driving a stolen vehicle with a gun and drugs in his possession.

Sharif Keon Akins, 21, who lists an address on Runyon Street, was taken into custody shortly after 7 p.m. and charged with co-possession of drugs and a gun, which can be punished with life imprisonment, possession of a controlled substance, meth, and possession a firearm by specific individuals, each punishable by up to 20 years, theft of property over US $ 5,000, punishable by up to 10 years, possession of drug paraphernalia, and manipulation of evidence, each punishable by up to six years.

Akins remained in custody on Tuesday on Tuesday and is due to appear in Garland District Court today.

According to the probable cause affidavit, shortly before 6:30 p.m., police responded to the Days Inn, 2208 Central Ave., regarding the theft of a black 2014 Jeep Patriot from the parking lot. The owner stated he left it there at 3pm and when he came back at 6pm it was gone. He realized that he had accidentally left the keys in there.

At around 7 p.m., officers were sent to the 400 block on Cones Road for gunfire from witnesses describing a black Jeep SUV involved. A few minutes later, Officer Luke Russell responded to the area and spotted a black Jeep Patriot on Cones and stopped traffic.

The officer confirmed that the $ 7,588 jeep was the one previously reported as stolen, so Akins, the driver, was taken into custody. When Akins was later questioned about the vehicle, he reportedly admitted taking the vehicle from Days Inn because “the manager asked me to move it”.

The affidavit states that a computer check revealed that Akins received an Arkansas Board of Parole probation warrant based on his 2019 conviction in Garland County Circuit Court for second-degree battery.

While searching the vehicle, officers reportedly found a black backpack in the front seat that contained a 9mm semi-automatic pistol with a three-round magazine and one round in the chamber. The backpack allegedly also contained a box containing a bag of 10.9 grams of meth, two syringes and a wallet belonging to the owner of the jeep.

At the police department, another 9mm cartridge was reportedly found in Akins’ front pocket.

At one point, Akins reportedly put some objects in his mouth and tried to swallow them. He told the officers it was a glass vial. The officers pried open his mouth with a large sharpie marker “because he was actively trying to swallow an object, causing him to bleed and choke.”

After they opened his mouth, a jeep key fell out of his mouth. He was taken to CHI St. Vincent Hot Springs to check out, but was later released shortly after 11:30 pm and sent to the detention center

Akins, then 19, was arrested on August 7, 2018 after beating a man, breaking his jaw and stealing the man’s cell phone six days earlier, according to court records of the previous battery conviction. Akins was originally charged with robbery and second degree battery, but on April 8, 2019, the robbery fee was withdrawn and Akins pleaded guilty to the battery charge and was sentenced to a maximum of six years in prison but was later parole.

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