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(Helena-West Helena, AR) There has been a series of burglaries and home invasions in Helena-West Helena, Ark.

There were at least three just this past weekend, and in two of them, shots were fired, although no one was hurt.

The suspects are still on the run.

In one of the home invasions, a former police officer found himself staring down the barrel of a gun.

"I just raised my hands up, like this, and stared down at the bed. Cause I didn't want to stare at him," said Mike Strickland.

The retired Helena-West Helena police officer used his training Sunday night, to not provoke a masked man standing inside his bedroom and holding a .357 pistol.

At first Mike Strickland thought someone was playing a joke on him.

"I think he realized that I wasn't taking him serious. And he fired a shot to let me know that he was serious," said Strickland.

Neither Strickland nor his girlfriend were hurt.

Strickland said the robber got in through a back door and made it clear what he was after.

"He wanted my money and I told him the only money I got is laying in that money clip right there on the dresser. And it wasn't nothin' but a dollar...but he took it," said Strickland.

The suspect also stole a shotgun and pistol and got away in less than 30 seconds.

On St. Regis Drive an armed man kicked in the door at another house, threatening the couple inside.

A woman was able to get her pistol, fire a shot and chase the robber away.

Homeowner James Bell is concerned about all the violence.

He said it's going to take a commitment from everyone to make a dent in crime in Helena-West Helena.

"You got to be watching out for your neighbors. And neighbors got to watch out for you. Cause if you don't, you're going to wind up a victim, if you don't," said James Bell.

But you don't have to remind Phillip Stackhouse of that.

Tuesday he was walking his dog not far from where a third home invasion happened near the intersection of Beech and Perry Streets.

Ironically, that's where a suspect hid in the bushes and attempted to rob a man who was just returning home from walking his dog.

"Break-ins are very problematic around here. I experienced one not too long ago, so I definitely understand what people are going through," said Stackhouse.

Helena-West Helena Police Chief Uless Wallace said it's not unusual for home invasion robberies to increase during the Christmas season because people are carrying more cash and there are presents for the taking.

It's believed one suspect committed two of the weekend home invasions but victims haven't been able to make a positive ID because the robber was wearing a mask.

There is a person of interest, but no one has been arrested so far.


  • Charles Burke

    This type of thing is happening more and more , sure an alarm will call authorities and help is on its way . and a gun is great if you can get to it load it and shoot first . I decided to take a more proactive stance! In the past few months I have secured my home with the Gibraltdoor , it is home invasion proof, I even put one on my master bedroom closet and created a walk in safe /panic room to run too! .find them on facebook and or online Gibraltdoor. this door is so tough even the police battering ram cant get through. they have a video on their website Gibraltdoor

  • Anonymous

    These breakins have been occurring almost every day and every night in Helena-West Helena since Summer, it has absolutely nothing to do with the holidays. I was a victim of one of those home invasions in September and can tell you first hand that the police did nothing but take down a list of what was stolen. The police aren’t doing anything about it and most certainly aren’t investigating it! Taxs payers have gone directly to the Chief of Police and asked for more patrols, but to no avail. Shots can be heard being fired within 2 blocks of the police station, but you never hear any sirens or see any patrol cars raising to determine where those shots came from. No one on that police force or in the Mayor’s office cares anything about the fear that people in this small community leave with and for them to pretend that they do is a joke!

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