Firefighters Arrested in Violent Armed Robbery in Conway

Two local firefighters have been arrested in a violent armed robbery while a third suspect remains on the run.

According to an arrest report Nathaniel Morris, 20, is a Stuttgart Firefighter and Thomas Forrester, 23, is a firefighter in Maumelle.

They both face aggravated robbery charges, accused of assaulting a man outside a Conway business as he left work after 10:00 p.m. March 7.

The pair, along with the third unidentified man, allegedly pistol whipped the victim, stole his motorcycle and led authorities on a high speed chase from Faulkner to Perry County.

Wyite Simpson, 20, had to have seven staples in his head after getting pistol whipped the night he had his motorcycle stolen at gunpoint leaving work at the Academy Sports in Conway. 

"When I turned around there was a gun in my face," he recalled. "I was like all right man you know, wallet, everything's in my pocket man."

He says the suspects only wanted the keys to his motorcycle. He says he had previously approached them in the parking lot where they were standing by two other motorcycles. Simpson claimed the trio had said one of the bike's rear wheels was wobbly but that they had help on the way. Simpson was struck when he turned to walk away.

Chief Gerald Ezell says the Maumelle Fire Department has put Forrester on administrative leave. 

Stuttgart's Fire Chief would not comment on the matter over the phone and the City of Stuttgart did not return our call regarding Morris.

Conway Police say detectives have learned that the third suspect could be a black man who goes by the nickname "J."

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