Baxter Co. Authorities Seek Parole Absconder

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by Shannon Cay


COTTER, Ark. – The subject of a three-and-a-half-hour manhunt in Cotter on Wednesday is still at large, according to Baxter County Authorities.

Local Sheriff John Montgomery says 34-year-old Brandon Junek from Morrilton fled a traffic stop on foot into a wooded area at 1:30 p.m. He says it wasn’t long before he deployed the K-9 and helicopter units to the intersection of 5th and McClean Streets.

According to the report, Investigators believe someone picked Junek up from that location and gave him a ride out of the area. The manhunt was suspended at 5 p.m.

Court records show Junek was released from the Conway County Jail on parole on January 29th. He has been convicted of crimes including theft, arson, aggravated assault and possession of drugs.

If you have any information regarding Junek’s whereabouts, you are urged to contact your local law enforcement agency.