HAVE YOU SEEN HIM: $1,000 reward offered for information leading to suspect in El Dorado murder case

Arkansas News

EL DORADO, Ark. (KTVE/KARD) 3/16/21– Investigators with the El Dorado Police Department are searching for Sequinta Dominic Barnes regarding an active warrant for his arrest in connection to the December murder of James Bowens.

Barnes is facing multiple charges including Capital Murder, Criminal Attempt-Capital Murder, Terroristic Act, Battery 1st Degree, Aggravated Assault, Possession of a Firearm by Certain Persons, Carrying a Weapon, Enhanced Penalty-Felony with a Firearm, and Enhanced Penalty-Engaging in Violent Criminal Group Activity.

Barnes is considered to be armed and dangerous.

If anyone knows or has information on the whereabouts of Barnes, please contact Lt. Jarod Primm of the El Dorado Police Department, Criminal Investigations Division, at (870) 881-4810 or Crime Stoppers at (870) 863-INFO.

If your information leads to arrest of Barnes, you could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.00.

All calls will be kept confidential!


Four people facing charges, another suspect on the run in connection to December homicide case in El Dorado

EL DORADO, ARK. (KTVE/KARD) 3/12/21– The El Dorado Police Department and the U.S. Marshals Service are searching for an El Dorado man who is believed to be connected to a shooting that happened at the Hudson Place Apartments in December.

The suspect, who hasn’t been identified, is facing mutliple charges along with three other men who are from Central Arkansas.

Johnathan Boykin, 20, was arrested on February 10 in Little Rock. Markevius Blake, 19, was arrested on February 23. Deunte Williams, 19, was arrested on February 24 in Pine Bluff.

Each are facing following the charges including capital murder, criminal attempt-capital murder, terroristic act, 1st degree battery, aggravated assault, enhancement-felony with a firearm, enhancement, engaging in violent criminal group activity and carrying a weapon.

Rennisha Green, 25, was arrested on February 25 but later released. According to EPD, she is facing mutliple charges including hindering apprehension and tampering with physical evidenece.

One person was injured in the shooting. James Bowens, 30, was the victim that died in the incident. According to investigators, Bowens was asleep in the car when multiple people began shooting at the apartment complex.

This is a developing story.

Union County mother mourns son who was killed while asleep in the car

EL DORADO, Ark. (KTVE/KARD) 1/1/21 — A mother in Junction City is grieving the loss of her son who was innocenctly killed in El Dorado this week.

James Bowens, 30, was killed at the Hudson Place Apartments the night of December 28.

“I know my son. He’s in a better place. He’s out of this world, this evil world. I wish I could take his place,” his mother, Rhonda Michelle Jones said. “I’m not supposed to be burying him. He supposed to be burying me.”

Bowens was with his cousin as the apartment complex when the unexpected happened. Multiple people began shooting at his cousin in the parking lot.

Two of those bullets hit Bowen. Jones said he was shot in the neck and in the shoulder while asleep in the car.

“I feel like my son was in the wrong place at the wrong time,” she said.

As we enter into this new year, the El Dorado Police are faced with yet another murder to solve. The city Jones says she once knew is just not the same.

“That’s why I moved,” Jones said. “El Dorado seems like you’re staying in Little Rock or Shreveport or somewhere.”

She describes her son as being a caring person who had an infectious smile and spirit whose innocent life was taken. Jones now joins many who say it’s time to just put the guns down.

“Someone seriously needs to do something about these guns,” Jones said. “It’s just senseless. I hope they catch whoever did this to him.”

Bowens’ body is currently at the Arkansas State Crime Lab. Jones is in the process of planning her son’s funeral.

If you can help this family with this finanial burden you contact Sim’s Mortuary Inc. at 870-862-4266.

Investigators have not identified the suspects. If you have any information about the shooting you can contact the El Dorado Police Department.


1 person dead, another injured following a shooting at an apartment complex in El Dorado

EL DORADO, Ark. (KTVE/KARD)12/29/2020 — The El Dorado Police Department is investigating a shooting that left one man dead and another injured.

The incident happened at the Hudson Place Apartments also known as East Manor Apartments around 12 a.m.

According to investigators, the two victims were sitting in the parking lot of the apartment complex. One of the victims exited the car and went inside an apartment while the other victim stayed behind.

Shortly after, the man left the apartment and as he began approaching the car, multiple gunshots were fired.

According to statements gathered by investigators, the other victim was asleep in the passenger seat of the car when the shooting occured.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The other man was taken to the Medical Center of South Arkansas for treatment of his inuries. According to investigators, he was shot at least four times.

The victims names haven’t been released. No arrests have been made.

If anyone has information on this incident, please contact Capt. Scott Harwell of the El Dorado Police Department, Criminal Investigations Division, at (870) 881-4810 or Crime Stoppers at (870) 863-INFO. 

All calls will be kept confidential.

This is a developing story.

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