2 Boys Arrested In Rogers Blow Dart Attack

Rogers police have arrested two teenage boys in connection with Wednesday night’s blow dart attack in Rogers, which injured a 21-year-old woman.

The boys face misdemeanor charges of third-degree battery. They have been cited and released, according to the Rogers Police Department.

Police responded around 7:10 p.m. Wednesday to the Pinnacle Hills Promenade area, where Dalia Gallegos was hit in the abdomen with a blow dart, according to the Rogers Police Department.

The suspects are 16 and 17 years old. They were shooting darts out of the window of a vehicle when they unintentionally hit the victim, whom they did not know, said Officer Keith Foster with Rogers police.

Gallegos’ injury was minor, police said, although Gallegos did go to Mercy Medical Center in Rogers on Thursday to check on the injury.

“It is really sore now,” she said.

Gallegos was jogging northbound near South 28th Place and Bellview Street when an older model pickup going southbound passed by her. That’s when she was struck by the blow dart, police said.

“I saw more of the back of the suspect. He was the driver and was wearing a baseball cap, sunglasses and was driving a black Silverado pickup,” Gallegos said.

Gallegos told police at the time that she saw at least two people in the vehicle, which sped off after she was hit.

“It wasn’t painful. I think it was more of a shock when it hit me. I wasn’t really in pain,” she said. “My cousin is the one that helped me get home. I was feeling really woosy and dizzy, and she helped me get home.”

This is the third confirmed blow-dart attack since 2012 in Northwest Arkansas. Police said the new case and the cases from 2012 are not related, but some locals are concerned about the trend in Rogers.

“I think there are crazy people out there that need to spend more time at home and in church than out harassing people and causing harm,” said Jamey Cope, a local man.

Resident Dennis Hurless said if the suspects are found guilty, they should be properly punished.

“If it was just a playful thing but seeing the person was hurt…they need to give them a good punishment,” Hurless said.

In September 2012, Leigh-Ann Archuleta, 19, was struck in the neck with a blow dart at a Kohl’s department store near Pinnacle Hills. She was hospitalized but received only minor injuries. Five days later, another woman told police she had been hit in the back with a dart.

An investigation led police to the Rogers home of Jeremy Robert Hendrix, 18. After searching his home, and the home of 17-year-old William Goines, police said they found evidence, including a blow gun, connecting the two to the blow dart attacks.

Goines and Hendrix were arrested Oct. 1, 2012, by investigators in the case.

Goines pleaded guilty to three counts of battery and two counts of assault in January 2013, receiving a sentence of 10 years supervised probation. Goines also received a jail sentence of 120 days, but was given time served after serving 119 days behind bars, according to the Benton County Sheriff’s Office.

Goines was also barred from ever stepping foot onto the grounds of the Pinnacle Hills and Scottsdale shopping centers, said Carrie Dobbs, deputy Benton County prosecutor.

Hendrix and Goines were also accused of shooting a man with a paintball pellet from a moving vehicle on Sept. 13, 2012, according to police.

As for Gallegos, she said this was both the oddest and scariest thing that has ever happened to her.

“Just a freak accident, terrifying really.”

13 comments

  • FedUp

    Shooting darts out of the window of a vehicle…now there’s a novel way to waste one’s teens years.

  • happy happy happy

    These are minors for gosh sakes….where do they get the idea that this is acceptable behavior…..Parents, where are you and did you forget to teach that this is unacceptable?

  • CF

    This was such a kid answer “we didn’t mean to hit her”..Yeah right. So they’re just going to believe that story and let them slide more or less

    This lady was ingured and had to go to the hospital $$

    Plus the victim said the boys in the truck pass by her and then she felt the dart. That means when the truck pass by her the shooter would have to of turned around to make the shot back at her striking her…How is that an accident?? That’s going out of your way to commit a crime.

    Next time it could kill someone.

    • happy happy happy

      You are so right…..I remember the excuse, “I didn’t knock the lamp over….he did it” that was always shown on television shows…LOL…two young punks looking for prison time when they become adults…they are definitely in training for prison.

  • Ca2

    I cannot believe that they were let go. 16 and 17 year olds should know right from wrong by now. The Benton Co. prosecutor needs to wise up and do their job! That’s assault and if those tips were tainted, that’s attempted murder. What is WRONG with people anyway?

  • ozarkobjectivefodder

    Two months of 15 hour per week public service cleaning up the community. Weekends are fine. Parent(s) have to be involved. In addition, they (both boys) need to be humiliated at school with creating some kind of “ad” campaign to show their misguided actions. It should be presented before schools end.

  • ozarkobjectivefodder

    Oh yeah. I would suggest a public apology also, as well as a formal apology to the victim(s) personally and have them do an essay and thesis on the possible adversities and potential dangers of their actions. Then I’d mandate and require that they conduct a presentation at their respective school(s) to show the other kids how foolish this behavior is. Any thoughts?

  • ozarkobjectivefodder

    Last, enough of this throwing them in the juvenile jail. It does no good to today’s youth, and it costs taxpayer’s money. It serves the perpetrators and victims no good. Make ‘em pay through work & study so they learn their lesson! Add a dash of humility and you’ll fix the problem. Also make the parents accountable. A century ago, society dealt with youth admonishing youth with humility as well as corporal punishment.

  • bobreal

    I hope The State takes the driver license away from the driver FOR LIFE and put both of them in Juvee LOCKUP till they turn 18..

    • bobreal

      or Maybe have a PUBLIC WHIPPING.. Tie them to a post in front of the County Court House and use a BULL WHIP on their back and butt..

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