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Suspect Arrested After Home Invasion And Shooting In Van Buren

VAN BUREN, Ark. (KFSM) — A suspect is behind bars after a reported home invasion and shooting in Van Buren Wednesday (Jan. 29) morning. According to Van Buren P...

VAN BUREN, Ark. (KFSM) — A suspect is behind bars after a reported home invasion and shooting in Van Buren Wednesday (Jan. 29) morning.

According to Van Buren Police, 33-year-old Sampson Espinosa went to a home on Cane Hill Street at 3 a.m. and went through the front door with a shotgun.

Police say after he entered the home, Espinosa went into a bedroom and pointed the weapon at a 14-year-old.

According to VBPD, a 17-year-old who was also in the room struggled to get the gun from the suspect when at least one shot was fired. None of the victims were struck.

Police say the 17-year-old fought Espinosa until he was able to get him out the front door before locking it.

Espinosa left the scene and was later located by Arkansas State Police, where he was taken into custody.

According to police, Espinosa has a history with the victims. "We don't believe it to be random," said Sgt. Jonathan Wear with Van Buren Police. "At this time, it is under investigation, but there is a history between the suspect and victims, so we believe it was not a random act."

Police say Espinosa was charged with Residential Burglary and four counts of Aggravated Assault. He was booked into the Crawford County Detention Center with no bond.