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K9 Takes Down Drug-Dealing Felon, Leading To Rescue Of Kidnapped Woman

Beebe, AR – A kidnapped woman was found bound and gagged inside an alleged drug dealer’s motel room Oct. 19 after he was taken down by a police K9.

The 41-year-old felon, Donald Dwayne Kirkland, had warrants out for his arrest for parole violation, possession of meth or cocaine with purpose to deliver less than two grams, possession of a firearm by certain persons, simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms, failure to pay fine, possession of drug paraphernalia and out-of-town warrant/assist, The Daily Citizen reported.

Investigators at the White County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) said they tracked Kirkland to an unnamed Beebe motel at approximately 12:30 a.m. on Oct. 19 and began surveilling the property using unmarked vehicles.

“The male subject in the room was known to deputies and known to have felony warrants,” WCSO Public Information Officer Lieutenant Scott Seiders told The Daily Citizen. “During this period of surveillance … deputies requested the assistance of Beebe police officers, including a K-9, and entry tools from another deputy.”

Deputies were given permission to forcibly enter the room to arrest Kirkland on the condition they confirm he was present inside before making any breach, Lt. Seiders said.

As the deputies were surveilling the room to confirm Kirkland’s presence inside, a vehicle drove up to his room and parked outside, according to investigators.

“The suspect opened and looked out the door at the waiting car,” Lt. Seiders told The Daily Citizen. “Moments later, the suspect ran out of the motel toward the car carrying several bags.”

WCSO deputies and Beebe Police Department (BPD) officers immediately descended on the wanted fugitive.

BPD K9 Rudy was deployed to assist in the apprehension and quickly “took the suspect down and held him,” Lt. Seiders told The Daily Citizen.

As Kirkland was being taken into custody, the officers heard someone yelling inside the suspect’s motel room.

When they entered the room, they found a woman “who had been bound and gagged by the suspect,” Lt. Seiders told The Daily Citizen.

The woman had bruises and blood on her face and her hands were tied behind her back, according to investigators.

She allegedly told police that Kirkland had stolen her cell phone so she could not call for help.

She also accused him of filling a bathtub with hot water and threatening to drown her in it, according to the WCSO.

The female victim said Kirkland “beat her with his fists and choked her several times until she passed out.” Lt. Seiders said, according to The Daily Citizen. “When she woke up from being choked, she could not feel her legs.”

Investigators allegedly recovered the woman’s cell phone inside a backpack belonging to Kirkland.

They also seized approximately 11 ounces of methamphetamine at the scene, The Daily Citizen reported.

In addition to being served with his outstanding warrants, Kirkland has been charged with additional felony offenses of kidnapping, aggravated robbery, delivery of greater than 10 grams but less than 200 grams of meth or cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of less than 2 grams of meth or cocaine, terroristic threatening, possession of methamphetamine or cocaine with the purpose to deliver, aggravated assault, and misdemeanor first-degree interference with emergency communications, according to The Daily Citizen.

He was being held on $400,000 bond in connection with his most recent charges.

Kirkland’s next court date is scheduled for Dec. 6, The Daily Citizen reported.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin


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