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Two Springdale Officers Struck by Suspect Vehicle, Four in Custody

18 year-old suspect has been ID'd. Other 3 are teens

Update:

SPRINGDALE, Ark. (KNWA) -- Springdale police have identified the adult suspect who, along with three teens, is accused of running over two Springdale police officers with a stolen vehicle.

Arommon Luther, 18, of Springdale was arrested on suspicion of two counts of first-degree battery, felony-level leaving the scene of an injury accident, felony-level theft of property, felony-level fleeing in a motor vehicle and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, according to a Springdale police report.

Luther was a passenger in the stolen Nissan Altima that struck officers Ashley Booth and Annelise Hoffman at 3:20 a.m. on Friday in the 700 block of Woodridge Drive. The Nissan struck Booth as he approached the vehicle. Hoffman was also struck as the vehicle sped away, according to a Springdale police news release.

As the suspects fled, they also collided head-on with the vehicle belonging to the person who had called police regarding the suspects' suspicious activity outside his home.

Three other suspects were also arrested, including a 15-year-old male driver, a 15-year-old male passenger and a 17-year-old male passenger.

Booth and Hoffman were both transported to Northwest Medical Center with severe, but non-life-threatening injuries. The man who called police sustained minor injuries and was not taken to a hospital.

Police have reviewed video surveillance which shows the suspects breaking into vehicles. Other suspects are believed to be at large. Anyone with information regarding the additional suspects is asked to call Springdale police at (479) 751-4542. Tips can be left anonymously by calling (479) 750-4484.

Original story:

SPRINGDALE, Ark. - Two officers are in critical condition after being hit by a suspect vehicle early Friday morning. 

At 3:20 a.m. the Springdale Police Department received a call about suspicious activity in the area of 707 Woodridge Drive. 

The caller stated he was on his way home from work and could see two people on the security camera outside his house. 

Officers arrived on the scene and began checking the area. 

The officers found several subjects inside a stolen Nissan Altima with the lights off. 

When Officer Booth approached the car to make contact, the vehicle sped off striking the officer; throwing him up onto the hood. 

Officer Hoffman was also hit as the car sped away. 

The vehicle eventually hit the caller in his vehicle head on, according to a news release. All occupants fled on foot. 

A search ensued, involving a Springdale Police K-9 Unit. Four suspects have been caught and arrested. Investigation is ongoing, and others may still be at large. 

Officers Booth and Officer Hoffman were transported to Northwest Medical Center for treatment. As of midday both officers are in critical condition. 

The original caller only received minor injuries. 

SPD Detectives and Accident Reconstructionist are working the scene. 

Authorities have not yet released suspect information or charges they could face.


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