SPRINGDALE, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — UPDATE: A suspect is in custody and the victim has been identified following a fatal May 1 shooting in Springdale.
According to a press release from the Springdale Police Department, investigators were able to “develop a suspect in this case” with the assistance of eyewitnesses. The suspect identified was Ignacio Rivera-Perez, 52, of Springdale.
The Washington County Prosecutors Office issued an arrest warrant for a capital murder charge and Rivera-Perez was taken into custody in San Marcos, Texas at approximately 10:03 p.m. on May 1 by the San Marcos Police Department.
The victim of the shooting was identified as Olga Irene Huerta, 33, of Springdale.
The investigation is ongoing, and the Springdale PD extended their thanks to the Texas Department of Public Safety and the San Marcos Police Department for their help in arresting the suspect.
Springdale Police Department responded to a call for gunshots on Sunday, May 1 at 6:52 a.m. where they found a female with a gunshot wound to her head, according to a press release.
The female, believed to be in her thirties, was found at 3956 Butterfield Coach Road. She was pronounced dead at the scene and was not transported to a medical facility, according to Captain Lester Coger.
A search warrant was executed by SPD detectives at the location of the crime.
According to neighbors, the homeowner is new to the neighborhood. Multiple neighbors confirmed a party was taking place last night where the crime took place.
“I heard four or five gunshots around 7 o’clock this morning,” said Alvin Ingram, a resident of the neighborhood.
Gunshots are a common occurrence in the area, but Ingram usually hears them from a different house.
“I hear them pretty often,” Ingram said. “I figured they were just shooting rabbits or something.”
The investigation is ongoing and no further information is available at this time.
If you have any information please call the police department at 479-751-4542 or the Criminal Investigation Division at 479-750-8139.