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SHARP COUNTY — An Ash Flat pharmacy was robbed at gunpoint on Tuesday, November 27, and the suspect has not been apprehended as of Monday, December 5.
At approximately 5 p.m., a man wearing a camouflage face mask, straw hat, and grey jacket, entered the Ash Flat Pharmacy located on Hwy. 167/62/412 at the traffic light.
According to Sharp County Sheriff Mark Counts, the man was armed with a handgun and asked for prescription medications. The pharmacist gave the man several bottles of prescription medications, at which time he left the pharmacy and fled south on Hwy. 167 in a small white four door car.
A witness may have encountered the suspect prior to the robbery, in an adjacent Citgo parking lot. Gina Moore told Pacesetting Times that she was in that parking lot when a vehicle, matching the description of the suspect’s, pulled up behind her vehicle, and the driver asked her directions to the pharmacy. The driver is described as having blue eyes, short hair, in his late 40s. “I thought it was weird because everyone knows where that pharmacy is,” said Moore. She then thought the person might not be from this area, and had visited the local emergency room. “I gave him directions, and he said ‘thank you’,” said Moore.
“I went to Walmart after that to run an errand, and when I left and drove by the pharmacy, I saw all the cops there,” said Moore. Officers spoke with Moore and showed her a photo for possible identification of the man she had given directions to. Her description of his vehicle was similar to the description given to officers by the witnesses at the pharmacy.
Anyone having any information regarding this investigation is asked to contact the Ash Flat Police Department or the Sharp County Sheriff’s Office at 870-994-2211.

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ASH FLAT – According to the Sharp County Sheriff’s Office, three inmates assaulted a jailer and then escaped the county jail early Sunday morning, October 30.
According to reports, the three inmates escaped at 12:12 a.m. and then were taken into custody at 5:30 a.m. at the Water Department in Ash Flat, approximately two miles south of the jail.
All three subjects were taken into custody without incident by the North Central Unit Chase Team and Highland Police Chief Shane Russell.
Deputies say Jeffery “Major” Harris, 26; Dylan Cole Thompson, 20; and Joshua Keith Ray, 25; beat a jailer who went back to do a jail check. There were four inmates in the cell, and those three managed to get out. Harris was in jail on felony drug charges. Thompson was being held on felony drug charges and battery. Ray was being held on felony drug charges and parole bond.
According to Sgt. Aaron Presser, CID, the three stole a phone, clothes, water and food from the sewer treatment facility. Presser stated that nothing was stolen from the jail, no weapons were involved.
The jailer, Jonathan Trivitt, escaped the incident with only minor injuries.
All three men were formally charged on October 31 with escape, aggravated assault on a police officer, commercial burglary, and theft of property.
Assisting in the search were the Sharp County Sheriff’s Department, Ash Flat Police Department, Highland Police Department, Cherokee Village Police Department, Izard County Sheriff’s Department, Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department, Hardy Police Department, Ravenden Police Department, North Central Unit Chase Team and the Grimes Unit Chase Team.