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Murder suspect arrested in West Memphis

Murder suspect arrested in West Memphis


Man wanted for slaying in Searcy captured in Crittenden County after heads up from law enforcement

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West Memphis Police cornered a Searcy man wanted for murder and made a quick arrest on Thursday morning.

Police received a tip that 18-year-old Robert Hurd was hiding out at a relatives house in the 500 block of Parkway.

Searcy police wanted Hurd for capital murder, aggravated robbery, and theft of property after they alledged he shot 38-year-old Eric Kalas on Wednesday.

Authorities said they found Kalas on the ground suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Kalas succumbed to his gunshot injuries at a Searcy hospital.

At the time of the murder, Searcy police suspected Hurd might be headed to the Memphis or West Memphis area.

Crittenden County Sheriff Mike Allen shared Hurd’s information via the CCSO Facebook page, including Hurd’s physical appearance and the warning that the suspect was likely to be armed and dangerous. A Crime Stoppers reward was offered for information leading to Hurd’s capture.

For all the bravado evidenced at the murder scene, Hurd was found hiding, huddled in a West Memphis home. West Memphis Police Chief Robert Langston recapped the 8:00 a.m. arrest details.

'We received a tip as to his whereabouts,' said Langston. 'Officers went to the home. There was no one outside. They knocked on the door and gained consent to search the house. They found him in a closet, but he was wearing a mask.'

Searcy police transported Hurd from Crittenden County later in the morning.

Photos courtesy of CCSO

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