Hot Springs National Park Rangers are offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the three men who attacked a physically disabled 22-year-old Pearcy man on Feb. 16 on the Grand Promenade in Hot Springs. The man was beaten, knocked unconscious and seriously injured, according to a release from the Hot Springs National Park.
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Hot Springs, AR — Hot Springs National Park rangers are searching for three black males in
their 20s who attacked a physically-disabled 22-year-old Pearcy resident on February 16 and
offering up to a $1,000 cash reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those
responsible for the crime.
“Due to the nature of the crime we are investigating the possibility of this attack being a
hate crime,” said John Hughes, the park’s chief ranger. “We are committed to finding those
responsible for this crime and bringing them to justice,” he said.
According to the statement given to park rangers, the victim had just started a walk on the
Grand Promenade behind the Fordyce Visitor Center when he was accosted by three unknown
males who approached him and began to harass him. Feeling concern for his safety, the man
attempted to leave the area but was immediately attacked. During the unprovoked assault, he
was beaten, knocked to the ground, seriously injured and knocked unconscious.
According to Hughes, the suspects fled the scene before the victim awoke. Injured and dazed,
the victim then made his way to the security office at Arkansas Career Training Institute to
where park rangers were called. The victim was then transported to St. Joseph’s Mercy
Hospital for treatment of his injuries.
“In an effort to curb future violence in the park, the National Park Service (NPS) will continue
working closely with local, county, state and federal law enforcement agencies in the Hot
Springs area to share resources and information,” said Hughes.
People with information, should call the NPS at 1-888-692-1162. The phone is answered 24
hours a day, 7 days a week and callers do not have to give their name.