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Traffic stop leads to arrest of fugitive

Thursday, January 2, 2003

After a routine traffic stop Dec. 21 on Highway 289 Horseshoe Bend Police Officer Mark Long discovered the woman he had pulled over for speeding had fled Phillips County and should be considered armed and dangerous if apprehended.

Long said he had stopped 25-year-old Crystal Wiggins after radar showed she was traveling 58 mph in a 40 mph speed zone. When Long was checking her drivers license he discovered Wiggins was a suspect in a robbery.

Wiggins was allegedly involved in breaking into a farmer's home, tying the victim up and beating him with a pistol, Long said. Wiggins and another suspect had taken property from the residence, said Phillips County Chief Deputy David Lawman.

Wiggins was traveling with her 4-year-old child when Long apprehended her. Authorities contacted the child's grandparents and they picked her up at the police station.

Wiggins was transported to the Horseshoe Bend Police Department on warrants out of Phillips County for aggravated robbery, residential burglary, false imprisonment, terroristic threatening and theft of property. She was later transferred to the Independence County jail where she is being held on a $270,000 bond until Phillips County extradites her.

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