Blytheville police help capture Illinois murder suspect

Update 7/30/2014 – Blytheville police helped U.S. Marshals capture Micah Hopkins, who is wanted for a murder in Champaign, Ill.

BLYTHEVILLE, Ark. — Wanted flyers with the picture of a murder suspect are flooding the Blytheville area.

Micah Hopkins is wanted for a murder in Champaign, Ill., but investigators have reason to believe he’s in Blytheville.

Police want him behind bars before somebody else gets hurt.

The search for murder suspect Hopkins led U.S. Marshals to Blytheville, where some of his family members live.

Wednesday, Blytheville police confirmed they’re working with U.S. Marshals to find Hopkins, who is considered armed and dangerous.

Captain Scott Adams told News Channel 3 there are several locations in Blytheville under surveillance, but he wouldn’t go into details.

Flyers with Hopkins picture have been handed out, but Smokey Johnson hadn’t seen one till we showed it to him Wednesday afternoon.

Johnson, who owns Smokey’s Paint and Body Shop, took a long, hard look at Hopkins’ picture.

“I deal with a lot of different people, but the face really don’t ring a bell. The name kind of do, cause there’s some of those people here in this town.  But the picture don’t ring a bell,” said Johnson.

Johnson said he expects police will catch up with Hopkins any time now.

“There’s some good police officers here in this town and detectives. So, I’m pretty sure they’ll be on it, they’ll find him. In a small town everybody know everybody,” said Johnson.

Two brothers are already in custody for the murder of Allen Redding in Champaign, Ill., in June.

Hopkins is the third suspect wanted in connection with the murder.

Johnson hopes the man is caught and punished if he did what he’s accused of.

“You do the crime…you gotta do the time,” said Johnson.

According to police, some of Hopkins’ family members told investigators the man had been to their house but was gone.

But police don’t buy that story.

If you have seen him or know of Hopkins’ whereabouts, call the Blytheville Police Department at 870-763-4411 or 870-762-0400.

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