Oak St. Burglary crew arrested after standoff on Sunday.

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Police say that the rent house at 309 S Oak street in Stifft Station had been suspected of being a base for burglars targeting Hillcrest/Stifft Station, but they didn’t have evidence for warrant.

However, after a passerby witnessed (and photographed)  three males hauling property down Oak street Sunday Nov. 9th at 1:30 PM into the suspected house (from a home that had just been burglarized) they set out to get a warrant, which took a few hours.

Prior to getting the warrant, police knocked on the door and arrested one suspect at that time, I’m told. Police then surrounded the house and cordoned off several blocks to keep the remaining suspects from escaping while they waited on their warrant. They spoke to the suspects with a loud speaker and told them they were surrounded, two suspects surrendered then and two remained inside (or something close to that, anyway). Six or so hours later police had their warrant and SWAT officers dragged the remaining suspect(s) out.

Police are saying that these suspects are likely responsible for at least 30 burglaries in the area.

Below are snippets of info sent to me by the person who tipped the police and took the photos of the suspects:

Police showed up in great time. One said that he was excited to be part of this, especially now that they had actual proof and could get a search warrant. The SWAT team came and evacuated the houses on the street and set up.

I think there were 5 suspects. The last guy had been hiding in the attic and fell through the dry wall, then made a run for it (dark pants, white shirt).

The lessee of the house is apparently a grandmother–who has actually been in a nursing home for an unknown amount of time. Basically leaving them to terrorize the block. [According to public records, the home is owned by former U.S. Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders and her husband. I haven’t been able to determine how long the lessee has been incapacitated of for how long this situation has been in place or if the property owners knew about it.]

The general M.O. was to shut off breakers, knock on doors at different time… basically case out homes to get specific schedules of residents, then kick in the back door. They don’t drive, hence the walking distance of the houses hit (I made a list of incidents reported on S Oak and S Pine in the last year–S Pine has been hit 10 times since 2/27).

 I spoke with a woman on Pine who had been hit on Oct 11 and then again last Wednesday.

Massive LRPD vehicle–moving van size–hauled out stuff. Around 15 – 20 flat screens alone.

The house was basically “dingy… and full of other people’s belongings.”
Some of the suspect nicknames: Sonny Boy, Derrick (sp), Fat.
There’s a chance some people can get their belongings back. Police were great about doing what they could. My friend got to go in and when a Sgt showed up, he said “I got to see my stuff!” and she was like “Awesome, right?”

UPDATE: Regarding as to whether the landlord knew about the criminal activity, the following narrative should shine some light on that:

“I stay across the street from the residence in your Oak St. story. June 2014 a neighbor notified me that some boys at that house attempted to break into my residence while I was away from my house working. Once my neighbor supplied me with this information, I contacted the LRPD, as well as, Oliver Elders, to inform him of the nuisance his tenants were causing on our street. Mr. Elders informed me that Suzy Clemmons was his tenant and she was on Little Rock Housing, Section 8 Program. Numerous times I called LRPD and reported things such as; gunshots, trespassing and many other nuisance like behaviors at this residence. I even went as far as attempting to alert the LR Housing Authority. So to answer your question, Mr. Elders knew as early as June 2014. Even today after the bust, I still notice shady characters at the address. Just wanted to give my insight and I would like to remain anonymous.”

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The witness compiled a listing recent burglaries that were close. These are not confirmed to be the work of this crew:

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One of the suspects arrested:

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Regarding recovery of stolen property, here is info gleaned from the FH facebook page today that could be useful:

“I was able to visit the Property Room at LRPD’s 800 West Markham branch yesterday and recover my two stolen laptops. A firearm remains missing. Another neighbor was there too getting his stuff back. I don’t have the contact number, but you can look it up, call and make an appointment. Reference the raid at 309 South Oak Street, and tell them you’re a victim looking for your things. Good luck. — The person that is handling this (as of yesterday) is Detective Garrison. He is a great place to start, if you feel like your stuff was in that house.”



A Strange and Threatening Note


Odd and threatening letter

This strange and disturbing note was found at the home of Drew Tyer near Rose and A street in Hillcrest early Saturday morning.

(You probably met Drew when he worked the front at The House GastroPub or more recently at Big Orange Midtown etc. He sends this story along with his blessing to print his name.)

“So, Saturday morning when I was going to work I found this in my front yard. It’s a sealed letter envelope with a rock inside it. I have dogs. I heard a thump around 1am and my dogs barked at it. I contacted the police and filed a report. I have NO idea who threw it. Real creepy.”

Here’s a transcript:

I love rubber
The dark, sewers, foul air,
Heavy metal, torture, death!
We lurk.
We are coming.
A dog barks.
The dog is disemboweled.
Then a family, only not after weeks of torture.
While each member watches slow dismemberment,
Sex acts vile, final death to each piece of trash.
Then a wood chipper
Voila no family!

–Rubber boys

Readers with clues or know of similar incidents are encouraged to leave comments.


Alleged kidnapper Aaron Lewis arrested


Alleged kidnapper Aaron lewis arrested minutes ago.

FH reader Adam Nash tells me that he pulled his car up in front of Razor Vapors (near Grumpy’s in WLR) to find Aaron standing right in front of his car. Adam called the police and followed Aaron who then pulled a knife on him but soon fled again. Adam tells me that police found Aaron hiding in a closet in the office of Pleasant Point Apartments.

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Fired Cop Dies after Attacking Police Corruption Blogger’s Hot Dog Stand

Ean Bordeaux, a Little Rock police-corruption blogger (and hot dog vendor) was the victim of an arson attack this morning at his home at 1510 of Bragg street in Little Rock (just south of Macarthur park).


Corruption blogger, Ean Bordeaux at this day job as hot dog entrepreneur.

According to Ean, he awoke at 4:00 am to the sound of his dogs barking. Looking at his security monitors, he saw that his hot dog cart in his yard was on fire. He rushed down to put out the flames which were now lapping against his house and threatening his cart’s propane tank. Ean burned his hands putting out the fire, and immediately called the police. Fifteen minutes later, watching his video monitor while waiting for police to arrive, he saw a man approach the cart (apparently for a second time). The unidentified man then began pouring lighter fluid onto the cart. Ean ran down the stairs and confronted the man, who then ran. He noticed that the man was wearing a hat and a mask. Ean chased down and tackled him. The masked man landed face-first onto the pavement, and they both then laid there catching their breath. Ean claims that he didn’t strike the man, but since he feared the man might have a weapon, he continued to hold the suspect down until police arrived. The masked man died shortly thereafter.

The masked man turned out to be ex-LRPD police officer Todd Payne, who had been a subject of Ean’s blog investigation at Corruption Sucks. Ean claims that Todd had been harassing him for some time due to his posts and that he and Todd had worked in close contact for several years in the River Market area. (Ean’s hot dog cart was on a corner in Todd’s Rivermarket beat).

Todd Paybe, former LRPD

ex-cop Todd Payne

The LRPD sent the following press release, which doesn’t conflict with Ean’s narrative.

“1510 Bragg Street. Around 0400 hours Ean Bourdeaux called 911 in reference to someone attempting to destroy his property (hot dog cart).  The suspect left and later returned attempting to damage the property a second time.  Mr. Bourdeaux confronted the suspect, whom was still next to the property.  The suspect fled on foot and was caught by Bourdeaux within a short distance.  Details are limited, but while Bordeaux was engaged with suspect, the suspect sustained injuries that later lead to his death at a local hospital.  The suspect was later identified as Todd Payne, former Little Rock Police Officer.  The investigation is ongoing and no additional information is available.”

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(Date unknown) — Corruption Blogger, Ean Bordeaux, with LR city manager Bruce Moore.

To this point, police have expressed no intention of charging Ean with a crime.

As you would expect, police were not happy to hear that an ex-LRPD cop had done this. Here is a snippet of an overheard police radio conversation from around 5:00 AM this morning: “This is going to put a lot of us in jeopardy with his stupid action.” “Yeah, that idiot dead dude just put us in a lot of danger doing that crap.”

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What Cheer? Brigade

Little Rock needs more stuff like this. This 2009 parade, which coincided with Hillcrest Shop & Sip, processed from The House GastroPub to the Arkansas School for the Deaf. It was led by the Providence R.I. band called “The What Cheer? Brigade”. Maybe you were there.

What Cheer Brigade

Photo by Ethan Moore 2009, near S schiller and 3rd street in Little Rock.

The-What Cheer?-Brigade was in again town Tuesday to lead the Hillary Clinton Children’s Library parade. Here is a short clip of that taken by library staffer Sarah Stricklin.

The first video was taken by “Andy”. I don’t have his last name yet.

Ghost Car

Ghost-car seen rocketing from bridge in Little Rock.

Picture taken by passenger of small aircraft who was flying to Batesville for no reason. Image couldn’t possibly be a lens streak but we haven’t ruled out robot-missile attack.

Pic by FH, with Neal Clayton.lrsky

Security camera video of most recent Pizza D crash

Security camera video of most recent Pizza-D crash:

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Photos by Kirsten Khanton and Mike Poe.


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LRPD suspect shooting audio — July 15 2013

Brief, edited police radio audio from: July 15 shooting

Apparently, the shooting took place after a brief foot-chase following a traffic stop of an allegedly stolen vehicle. Angela Rachels reports that an angry crowd continues to grow at 12th and Jefferson, where the shooting took place. (pic by Ryan Liggett)