MILLER COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
2300 EAST ST. TEXARKANA, ARKANSAS
From: Jackie Runion, Sheriff
Re: Miller County Arrests State Welcome Center Vandal
On Monday, April 30, 2018 at 7:30am Deputy Jeremy Cornett was dispatched to the Arkansas Welcome Center located on Hwy. 71 North in Miller County. The reporting person for the Welcome Center reported that in the early morning hours of April 30, unknown subjects had vandalized the center, causing damage to plumbing, sewer, electronics, and landscaping. After receiving the report, Miller County Investigator Sam McJunkins began reviewing surveillance video from the Welcome Center. The video captured a red Chevrolet pickup and two unidentified white males at the center. No LPN was available on the video, and investigator McJunkins issued an agency wide inquiry regarding the truck. Miller County Corporal Phillip Hardeman and Deputy Byron Bryant responded to Investigator McJunkins, recalling that they had encountered that truck on April 1 at a church on Hwy. 82 in Miller County. They provided Investigator McJunkins with the LPN on the vehicle. After coordinating with the Magnolia, Arkansas Police Department, Investigator McJunkins was able to positively identify the driver of the truck who was captured on the surveillance video as Dustin Wade Otwell, W/M 36 of Magnolia, Arkansas. A Felony Warrant for Criminal Mischief was issued for Otwell, and he was arrested in Columbia County, Arkansas on 05-17-18. Otwell was transferred to the Miller County Detention Center where he is being held on the felony charge. The investigation remains ongoing and additional charges are pending.
Otwell, Dustin W. W/M 36