Hempstead County
Sheriff's Office
Hope, Arkansas
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Officers From Three Agencies Receive Sheriff's Commendation


Deputy Jerry Crider

 HPD Officer Jennifer Ghormley

AGFC Wildlife Officer Dennis Hovarter

Officers from Three Law Enforcement Agencies receive a Commendation from Sheriff Singleton

 On February 16, 2016, at approximately 1:30 pm, the Bank of the Ozarks, in the 1300 block of North Hervey, was robbed at gunpoint.

Officers were advised that a man entered the bank, presented a handgun and demanded money. Officers were further advised that the suspect fled the area in a blue Ford Explorer, heading south on North Hervey. Hempstead County Deputy Jerry Crider located the suspect vehicle traveling south on South Main Street and radioed his direction and began following the suspect vehicle Until Hope Police Officer Jennifer Ghormley and Arkansas Game and Fish Wildlife officer Dennis Hovarter could respond to Deputy Crider’s location. Upon arrival a felony traffic stop was conducted in the 2200 block of Bill Clinton Drive, by officers of the Hope Police Department, Hempstead County Sheriff’s Office and the Arkansas Fish and Game.

The suspect, Johnny Crawford, of Winnsboro, Texas, was taken into custody without incident. Crawford was transported to the Hempstead County Detention Facility where he was held for a first appearance. A handgun and an undetermined amount of money was recovered from the vehicle.

Deputy Crider, Officer Ghormley, and Wildlife Officer Hovarter are to be commended for their quick actions and their outstanding performance in the apprehension of a Dangerous Felon and to the recovery of the stolen funds taken from the Bank of the Ozarks. Not only have they distinguished themselves in the performance of their duties they have brought great credit upon the Hempstead County Sheriff’s Office, Hope Police Department, and The Arkansas Game and Fish Enforcement Division and  all the dedicated men and women who serve in Law Enforcement.

Congratulations on a Job well done.

Given this 25th day of February, 2016

Sheriff James A. Singleton


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