Citizen Tip Leads to Central Arkansas Sex Offender on the Run Being Arrested in Newton County
Sheriff Glenn Wheeler said his office received a tip from a citizen that a wanted sex offender was living in the woods in the Carver area under an assumed name. The man had been seen at Norton's Store in Piercetown. Sheriff Wheeler said his office had received multiple calls about the man being in the area over the proceeding few months, but his identity or the exact whereabouts of his camp were not known. Deputies had checked the area several times but had been unable to locate him.
On this day, Deputies responded to the area and began looking for the male. A Deputy checked the store and the male was still there. The male was identified as 62-year-old Wesley Hill. Hill was wanted out of North Little Rock for failure to register as a sex offender and by the Arkansas Parole Board for a parole violation on an original charge of Rape.
Hill was taken into custody on the warrants and additionally charged with Failure to Register as a Sex offender in Newton County as he admitted he had been living in the woods near the Buffalo River for approximately four months.
Sheriff Wheeler said "we always appreciate tips from our citizens. We are all in this together and appreciate when astute and observant citizens see something and reach out to us."
Hill is being held in the Newton County Jail to face the Newton County Charges and then awaits extradition to the other jurisdictions.