Woman survives after being tosed into freezing river

December 29, 2017



An Arkansas woman, who was kidnapped and tossed from a bridge into an almost frozen river after witnessing a fatal shooting, somehow was able to swim to safety.

According to KATV, Little Rock Police said they found the woman, 42, after receiving a 911 call from someone who heard her screaming for help near the banks of the Arkansas River. The unnamed victimtold police she had been thrown off the I-430 bridge into the frigid waters, but was able to will herself to land.

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The victim told authorities she was kidnapped after witnessing a shooting where two people were gunned down. One of the victims, Arlin Nugent, 49, died at the scene. The other was transported to a local hospital and is expected to survive.

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One man in connection with the crimes is already in custody and Arkansas authorities are currently searching for a second suspect.

Richard Gilliam, 33, of Little Rock was being held without bond at the Lonoke County jail on charges that include capital murder.

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Lonoke County sheriff’s officials say Gilliam was one of two men who entered a home in Scott, just southeast of Little Rock, and began firing at people inside.

Killed in the shooting was 49-year-old Arlin Nugent. Authorities did not reveal the condition of the second person who was shot.

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