Conway Police searching for murder suspect

CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) - Conway Police are currently searching for Steven Swanigan, a capital murder suspect wanted in Garland County.

Conway Police, including SWAT and K9 units, searched for Swanigan in the area of Museum Road early Saturday, but he apparently fled from police units at about 5:45 a.m. at the Economy Inn on East Oak Street. Swanigan is being sought on capital murder and aggravated burglary charges in the Wednesday shooting death of 26-year-old Mayela Mata in Garland County.

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He is described as standing at 6 feet, 2 inches and weighing 180 pounds. He last seen wearing a dark hoodie and black pants.

A $1,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Swanigan. Police ask anyone who sees him to call 911. They also point out that he is considered armed and dangerous; DO NOT try to approach or apprehend him yourself!


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