Abbott Homeowner Foils Robbery Attempt


The Scott County Sheriff’s office received a call from a homeowner on Sunday evening, October 11, notifying them of a robbery in progress.

Scott County Chief Deputy Billy Carnahan stated that the call came into dispatch from a residence on Rock Island Road. “The caller stated that she was in her home when she heard her 4-wheeler start outside,” stated Carnahan. “When she went to investigate she saw a man attempting to steal her 4-wheeler. In addition to calling our office she contacted her father, who lived nearby, and other neighbors. They came to her aid and stopped the man from leaving the property with her 4-wheeler. Additionally, they observed a handgun protruding from one of the man’s pockets and removed it from his possession. When our deputy arrived on scene the man, identified as 29 year-old Benjamin Deer, was taken into custody without incident.”

Carnahan added that Deer was found to be in possession of additional items taken from the caller’s property. “Another handgun was discovered in a bag that Deer was carrying. Both handguns match descriptions of firearms taken in a residential burglary in northern Scott County and that matter remains under investigation.”

Deer was taken into custody and transported to the Scott County Detention Center on charges of residential burglary, breaking or entering, and possession of firearm by certain persons. No bond has been set at this time.

The homeowner extended their gratitude towards the dispatcher and Scott County Deputy Ethan Millard.

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Tammy Teague

Tammy Teague

Mansfield native, with roots in Scott County. Daughter, sister, wife and Christian. Education: 1995 MHS graduate; 1999 Arkansas Tech University Graduate - BA in Journalism. Career: Managing Editor - The Citizen; Copy Writer - Southwest Times Record; 20+ years experience in the news.

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