Firearms Charges Filed Against Man in Baxter, Boone Counties

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by: Phillip Launius, KTLO

A Mountain Home man’s alleged association with firearms has resulted in criminal cases being filed against him in both Baxter and Boone counties.

Twenty-year-old Austin Brice Helms pled not guilty to the charges against him during a session of Baxter County Circuit Court last week.

His latest arrest came Dec. 4 when he was taken into custody by Baxter County deputies and booked into the detention center on a charge of aggravated robbery.

The charge stemmed from an incident involving three men, including Helms. They were reported to have gone to the Executive Inn on Sept. 14 and robbed a man they had met earlier in the evening.

Helms was arrested Oct. 5 in Boone County on unrelated charges. A Mountain Home policeman went to Harrison and interviewed him. Helms had the victim’s cellphone and was reported to be using it as his own when he was arrested in Boone County.

The bond for Helms is set at $25,000, according to the Baxter County jail log.

Another person charged in the robbery incident is 21-year-old Hunter Ty Peifer of Batesville. He has pled not guilty to the charges against him and is set to reappear in circuit court April 5.

Meanwhile, Helms is facing other charges in Boone County for being in possession of a .410 shotgun with a barrel sawed off to an illegal length. Possession of the weapon is a violation of the National Firearms Act requiring shotguns to have a barrel length of no less than 18 inches.

In addition to the weapons violation, Helms was charged with being in possession of drug paraphernalia.

Helms was arrested Sept. 23 and pled not guilty Oct. 30. He is ordered to reappear in Boone County Circuit Court April 20 next year.

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