NORTHWEST ARKANSAS (KFSM) – The man arrested by Little Rock police Monday in connection with a real estate agent’s recent disappearance has a criminal history involving arrests in Northwest Arkansas and a local conviction that resulted in prison time.
"Arron Lewis has an extensive criminal history, very extensive," said Keisha Guyll, Benton County Sheriff's PIO. "Nothing really violent, that we can tell. Just a lot of crimes against property."
Lewis is also listed as living on Clay Avenue in Springdale on court documents from two of his arrests in 2011.
Lewis, 33, was arrested Monday on suspicion of kidnapping after a search by Little Rock police in connection with the disappearance of 51-year-old Beverly Lyn Carter, a real estate agent who recently went missing.
Lewis was arrested Feb. 15, 2011, by Rogers police after they said he stole $1,230 in merchandise from the Walmart on Walnut Street.
A probable cause affidavit states Lewis, with the help of two others, stole six digital cameras, HP printer ink and two X-Box Kinect systems. The suspects placed the items in a paper shredder box, then paid for the paper shredder, the affidavit states.
Court documents state the suspects committing similar thefts at several Walmart stores in Arkansas and Oklahoma, later selling the stolen items on eBay and Craigslist.
Lewis committed a similar theft at a Springdale Walmart the same month with his ex-wife and was also arrested in connection with that theft, according to a preliminary report.
The suspect was convicted in November 2011 of felony theft of property. He began serving a six-year prison sentence in December 2011 at the Arkansas Correctional Facility in the Grimes Unit northeast of Newport in Jackson County. He was released on parole Aug. 2, 2013.
Court documents also show a custody battle between Lewis and his ex-wife. In the documents released in April, a local judge denied Lewis visitation with his infant son, saying he did not pay child support as ordered by the court and had not seen his son since he turned one month old.
The judge’s ruling came a year after Lewis’ ex-wife filed a restraining order against him, following their divorce, according to court documents.