Hempstead County
Sheriff's Office
Hope, Arkansas
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11/21/2016

Aggravated Robbery

On November 19, 2016 at approximately 0434 hours, Hempstead County Deputies were dispatched to an aggravated robbery that had happened in the 3000 block of Highway 355 South.

 Deputy Kyle Malone made contact with the victim 33 year old Anthony Empty of Nashville, Arkansas

 Deputy Malone observed injuries on Anthony's forehead on the left side of his face, a black eye, and a scrap on his left hand. Anthony stated that he was working at the power plant in Fulton, Arkansas. Anthony said he left work at approximately 0030 hours.

The victim stated his transmission on his 2002 Honda Accord was slipping and it was shifting funny. Anthony said he pulled over at the 3000 block of Highway 355 South to check his car. Anthony stated that he popped the hood to his vehicle, and then someone pulled in behind his car. Anthony said that a man exited the vehicle, and had what Anthony believed was a gun. Anthony said he then saw another man get out with a bat. Anthony stated that the man with the gun told him to give him all his money, and started digging through Anthony's right front pocket of his pants which had Five hundred dollars in it.

 Anthony said the other man then hit him over the head with the bat. Anthony said that he blacked, and fell to the ground.  Anthony then stated that after then men left he got up,  to find his vehicle , and started walking towards Saratoga.  The victim stated that someone stopped and gave him a ride to his home Anthony stated that his wife then took him to the hospital in Howard County, and on the way there he called the Sheriff’s Office to report what had happened.

Anthony stated that the men took his Samsung S7 Edge cell phone valued at 800.00 dollars, his house keys valued at 10.00 dollars. Two collectible Winchester knives valued at 100.00 dollars, a check made out to him for 469.00 dollars, and his lunch box valued at 50.00 dollars. He had a bag full of Carhart work clothes valued at 500.00 dollars, his CAT keys for the machines at his work valued at 14.00 dollars, and two prescription pill bottles for Aleve and Albuterol valued at 400.00 dollars. Anthony also valued his car at 3900.00 dollars.

Anthony's car a 2002 Honda Accord was entered into NCIC as stolen. The matter remains under investigation.

James A. Singleton, Sheriff