August 1st, 2014
A woman on Center Street in Bryant reported being held at gunpoint in her home by three black men.
The incident happened around 4:40 p.m. Wednesday, authorities said.
Hazel Gilson, 74, told Bryant police that she responded to a knock at the door. When she opened it, the men forced their way into her home, pointing a gun at her.
One struck her on the head with the pistol, said Sgt. Todd Crowson, Bryant Police Department spokesperson.
When Mrs. Gilson's husband, Thomas, arrived home, the suspects also threatened him with the weapon, Crowson said.
The Benton Police Department will not be filing charges in connection with a reported kidnapping attempt.
"After extensively interviewing the victim, a possible suspect and witnesses, it was determined that no charges were warranted in the case," said Lt. Kevin Russell, Benton Police Department spokesperson.
Ethan Harris, 11, who is famous in Bryant for his fundraising efforts to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Bryant, is starting a new project Saturday.
Ethan will be collecting new tennis shoes and monetary donations to purchase shoes for members of the Boys & Girls Club of Bryant.
Residents can stop by the Alcoa Exchange near Shoe Carnival to make donations from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday.
Girls shoe sizes 13 through 2 are most needed, said Carla Harris, Ethan's mother.
"It's difficult to pinpoint a specific size when so many children, of all sizes, need them," Harris said.