Man Arrested for Allegedly Breaking Into Texarkana Arkansas Church

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Man Arrested Breaking Texarkana Church

A man was arrested after allegedly breaking into a church in Texarkana, Ark., after approaching a female in the church parking lot with a shotgun.

On July 4th, 2022, at approximately 7:50 PM Miller County Deputies responded to a breaking or entering call for service at the Shiloh Baptist Church located on Highway 82 East, Miller County Sheriff’s Office said.

Man allegedly approached woman in parking lot with shot-gun

Reports indicated a white male suspect armed with a shotgun approached a female subject in the parking lot of the church requesting that she let him inside the church. After the female subject refused, he then turned away from her and discharged the shotgun in the air.  The suspect then forced entry into the church through a window, Miller County Sheriff’s Office said.

Man Arrested Breaking Texarkana Church

Miller County Sheriff’s Office said that their Deputies arrived on scene and observed a Polaris Ranger UTV parked near the cemetery. Authorities said that deputies then made entry into the church and encountered the suspect who was armed with a shotgun and a 9mm pistol. Deputies said they ordered the suspect to put down the weapons, after a brief hesitation from the suspect he complied. Deputies said that they  then placed the suspect into custody without further incident.

The Miller County Sheriff’s office said the  suspect was identified as 33-year-old Brandon Hammett, who is also believed to have stolen a vehicle from Cass County that was recovered. Mr. Hammett is also suspected of stealing another vehicle that was parked at Pro 1 Transmission located on Highway 82 earlier that day.

Mr. Hammett is currently being held at the Miller County Detention Center pending his first judicial appearance. No bond has been set at this time, Miller County Sheriff’s Office said.