Suspect Arrested After Fleeing and Leaving Small Child on Pavement

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The Texarkana Arkansas Police Department has arrested Kenneth Brooks, 24, for Possession of a Controlled Substance (Amphetamine and Clonazepam)  2 counts, Fleeing, and endangering the welfare of a minor. Brooks left a 16-month-old child on the pavement when he ran from police.

TAPD Press Release:

Early Thursday Morning, October 12th, 2017, at approximately 1:00 am Texarkana Arkansas Police Officers located a vehicle leaving the Knights Inn Motel, 5100 block of North State Line Avenue, with fictitious and expired vehicle tags.  Officers made contact with the driver, Kenneth Brooks, 24yoa, and observed a small child (16 months of age) standing up in the back seat of the vehicle.  During the contact, Brooks exited the vehicle holding his child, then sat his child down on the pavement and fled from officers.   Officer Tanner Freeman and Nathan Lavender chased Brooks on foot apprehending him in a nearby apartment complex.  Officer Cobin Brown remained at the scene with the abandoned child.

Brooks was arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance (Amphetamine and Clonazepam)  2 counts, Fleeing and endangering the welfare of a minor.  The child was placed into DHS custody after exhausting all efforts to locate a relative.

Kenneth Brooks, 24yoa

If you have any information that would assist investigators in this case, please contact the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department immediately at 903.798.3130.

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