Nicholas Matthew Lewondowski (Photo: Garland County Sheriff's Department)
HOT SPRINGS, Ark (KTHV) - Garland County Sheriff's Department SWAT Deputies said they have arrested a man on burglary warrants after he fled from police and hid in a condo.
Police said Nicholas Matthew Lewondowski, 29, a former Mountain Pine resident, was on parole and sought on felony warrants; he was arrested Thursday afternoon after a massive manhunt and a brief stand-off at the Hamilton Oaks Inn on 5380 Central Ave., shortly before 4:30.
Garland County Sheriff's Deputy A.J. Tart said Lewondowski was initially spotted by a deputy on patrol shortly before 2 p.m. near Pinehill Road, but fled into the woods before the deputy could take him into custody. He was later spotted again going into a nearby condo with an unidentified female.
Tart added that Lewondowski refused to come out, so the team ultimately had to force its way in, and located him inside reportedly hiding under a sofa and removed him without further incident.
Tart said that Lewondowski had been sought on the warrants for several weeks, but the exact nature of the warrants Lewondowski was being sought on or what charges he may face after the events of Thursday was not known.
He has a lengthy criminal history, including convictions for second-degree battery, two counts of theft by receiving more than $2,500, three counts of theft by receiving of a firearm and two counts of theft of property more than $500, theft, breaking or entering, fraudulent use of a credit card, and first-degree battery and possession of a firearm by certain persons after his involvement in an incident on Westover Street in which a local man, 46, was shot in the leg.
The woman with him was also taken into custody, but whether she'll have charges filed against her is unknown.
Hot Springs Police, Arkansas State Police, Arkansas Department of Corrections officers and K-9 units were brought in for the search.