by Max Brantley
The Little Rock police report that a carjacking unfolded shortly before midnight last night on Lamar Street, on the north side of the Mills Freeway near UAMS. It included someone impersonating a police officer and led to a car chase and foot chase of a suspect eventually captured on Arch Street Pike, south of Little Rock in Grant County.
The police report follows:
From Lt. Terry Hastings:
Here is a copy of the carjacking report. Detectives are not sure the Griffin Roofing truck was reported stolen. It is from Maumelle and they are working to verify. The weapon was recovered, but not the badge.
2011- 105750 — AGGRAVATED ROBBERY, THEFT OF PROPERTY,
SUSPECT — WADE MONT, W/M, 02-19-1973, 2200 DOGWOOD LANE
SUSPECT — UNKNOWN W/M
VICTIM — SID COTTRELL, W/M, 03-27-1961, LR
VICTIM — JAMES GOSSETT, W/M, 02-11-1973, LR
VICTIM — TYLER WHOTLEY, W/M, 12-29-1988, NLR
INCIDENT DATE/TIME — 09-28-2011, 2351 HOURS
INCIDENT LOCATION — 3302 LAMAR STREET
ARREST DATE/TIME — 09-29-2011, 0227 HOURS
ARREST LOCATION — 14200 ARCH STREET
On September 29, 2011, Officers responded to an aggravated robbery, carjacking just occurred at 3302 Lamar Street. Upon Officers arrival, contact was made with Sid Cottrell who advised that a white female he only knows as Vicky, drove a Griffins Roofing truck in behind his residence and advised him that she had stole the vehicle. Cottrell advised “Vicky” to get the vehicle away from his residence, at which time she and an unknown white male left in the vehicle.
Cottrell advised that he then observed the vehicle parked in front of his residence, at which time Cottrell and Gossett walked up to the vehicle to get the phone number, so they could contact Griffins Roofing and advised them where the truck was located. While at the vehicle, two white males approached Gossett and Cottrell. One of the subjects was wearing a gold “Marshal” style badge around his neck.
The white male subjects advised Gossett and Cottrell that they were Detectives, and one of the subjects was armed with a black semi-automatic handgun with a thirty round clip. The white males asked for permission to search the Griffins Roofing truck, at which time Cottrell and Gossett advised that it was not their truck. Mr. Worley, one of the victims in this incident, pulled up as the subjects were searching the truck and the subject with the badge around his neck advised Mr. Worley that they were looking for fugitives and ordered Worley to put his keys to his vehicle on the dashboard, get out of the car and sit on the curb.
The subjects then searched Mr. Worley’s Ford Focus. Mr. Gossett began to call 911, at which time the subject with the badge noticed that Gossett was on his phone. The subject took the phone from Gossett and struck him in the neck and called for the other subject to bring the gun. The second subject also struck Mr. Gossett and the gun went off. The subjects then took the Griffins Roofing truck and Mr. Worley’s vehicle and fled the area.
While investigating the incident, UAMS Police called and advised that the Griffins Roofing truck was abandoned in a parking lot in the 600 block of Cedar Street, and a white male was seen hiding a large handgun in the bushes. Detectives and Crime Scene responded and processed the scene. The Griffins Roofing truck was transported to the Crime Scene bay to be processed.
Officers later located the stolen Ford Focus, eastbound on Interstate 630. A traffic stop was initiated and the suspect fled, leading Officers on a high-speed pursuit into Grant County and north on Arch Street. Pulaski County Deputies deployed spike strips in the 14200 block of Arch Street and disabled the vehicle. The white male fled the vehicle on foot and was later located in a wooded area, where he refused to submit to arrest.
The suspect later identified as Wade Mount was taken into custody and transported to the Detective Division. Mr. Mount was charged with three counts of Aggravated Robbery, three counts of Theft of Property, three counts Criminal Impersonation, one count Felony Fleeing, one count Misdemeanor Fleeing, one count Refusal to Submit to Arrest, one count Reckless Driving, one count Running a Stop Sign, one count Driving on a Suspended License and was transported to the Pulaski County Jail. Detectives are working on the identity of the other individuals involved.