The Pulaski County Sheriff’s office confirmed that 33-year-old Aaron Michael Lewis was taken into custody on suspicion of kidnapping Crye-Leike Realtor Beverly Carter. Police had issued Lewis’ picture and description to local news agencies, at which point they received a call from someone who claimed to have seen a person matching Lewis’ description at a Subway shop in West Little Rock.
After receiving the tip to Lewis’ whereabouts, Pulaski County officers immediately combed the area and took Lewis into custody without incident. “Little Rock officers pursued him and eventually apprehended him,” said Pulaski County Sheriff Doc Holladay. “We’ll have him as long as we need to determine what we can from him to lead us to locating Mrs. Carter, which is our primary goal,” he added.
Holladay noted that the Lonoke County police department, the Arkansas State Police, the Arkansas National Guard and several other local agencies were brought in to assist in the search for Beverly Carter.
Police say Lewis was involved in an automobile accident on Sunday. However, he escaped and fled the hospital shortly before the arrest warrant was issued. This led police on a massive manhunt to find Lewis. Thanks to a tip from a bystander, they were able to pinpoint his location and bring him into custody.
It’s unknown what connection Lewis has to Beverly Carter. Police say Carter was scheduled to show a house on Thursday night but never arrived. Investigators have been reluctant to provide information regarding why they believe Lewis may have played a role in Carter’s disappearance. Their current primary objective at this time is to find Carter so they can work to put the puzzle pieces together. Lewis is currently on parole for convictions in Arkansas.
The Little Rock blog Forbidden Hillcrest (FH) published the following statement on its Facebook page:
“FH reader Adam Nash tells me that he pulled his car up in front of Razor Vapors (near Grumpy’s in WLR) to find Aaron standing right in front of his car. Adam called the police and followed Aaron who then pulled a knife on him but soon fled again. Adam tells me that police found Aaron hiding in a closet in the office of Pleasant Pointe Apartments.”