At 3:10 pm on 3-14-2013 the Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office received a phone call in reference to two subjects at the Lavaca Elementary School seen in a car in the student pick up area and possibly armed.
Lavaca Police was the initial responding agency. Officers and deputies from surrounding agencies responded to the school campus. By the time officers and deputies arrived the subjects had left the school grounds.
Law enforcement immediately secured the elementary school, middle school, and high school campuses. They made contact with school officials and determined all of the staff and students were safe. Investigation confirmed the vehicle had left the area.
Law enforcement spread through the eastern part of Sebastian County looking for the car with a male and female subject inside. The car was described as a white Ford Crown Victoria.
Shortly thereafter a Central City Police Officer and Sebastian County deputies located a white Ford Crown Victoria in Central City on Highway 255 at Pierce Newman Street. The car was stopped and was occupied by a male subject. Several weapons were located in the car: a .22 caliber rifle; a .45 caliber handgun; and two knives. Also found in the car was 7 ounces of methamphetamine (street value of almost $20,000). The male subject was identified as Esteban Arreola, 29 years of age, of Fort Smith. He was taken into custody by the Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office.
Lavaca Police were able to locate the female subject who was with Esteban Arreola. Lavaca Police are still investigating her involvement.
Esteban Arreola was charged with Possession of a Firearm on School Grounds. He was further charged with 2 counts of Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Deliver, and Simultaneous Possession of Drugs and Firearms. He was also charged with Possession of Drug Paraphenailia, Possesion of Marijuana, and Drinking on a Highway.
The Lavaca Police, Central City Police, Barling Police, Sebastian County Sheriff, and Arkansas State Police all responded to the school and worked in concert to ensure the safety of the Lavaca students and staff.