A 13-year-old boy, who was reported missing in April, was recently spotted by El Dorado police who failed to stop a vehicle the boy was in before he got out and disappeared again, investigators said.
However, shortly afterwards, officers arrested the driver of the vehicle, a 17-year-old boy, in connection with the case.
Police are still searching for Amarion Robinson, who was reported missing by his mother on April 13.
She told officers she last saw her son on April 4. The boy reportedly ran away from home.
Since the missing person report was filed with the El Dorado Police Department, officers have reported at least two sightings of the boy.
On April 20, when police were investigating a report of fraud at Go Rainbow Food Mart, 2110 Junction City Road, they spotted Robinson in video footage captured by the store’s surveillance/security system and confirmed the boy was in the store the same day had been .
“So he was last seen on April 20,” Lt. Jarod Primm from the criminal investigation department of the EPD.
On Thursday, Primm said officers recently received a tip that Robinson was in El Dorado and had been seen in a vehicle in or near the Morning Star neighborhood.
“We received a vehicle description and tried to locate the vehicle. We probably saw it about an hour later and we’re 99% sure Amarion Robinson was in the car,” Primm explained. “When we first saw the car, we couldn’t catch it (instantly) and stop it, and it got away from us.”
He said officers found the car a short time later at the Haygood-Neal Garden Apartments complex on the 1300 block of West First.
Police spoke to the driver, a 17-year-old boy, who said he didn’t know Robinson or the name of the passenger seen in the car.
Primm said the boy was a friend of Robinson’s.
Police said they did not find Robinson during a search of the area.
The 17-year-old was taken into custody for obstructing the arrest and prosecution, a misdemeanor.
Further details, such as where officers originally discovered the car or whether the car was occupied when they found it in Haygood-Neal, were not released.
EPD works with the Morgan Nick Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides resources to families of missing children to spread the word about Robinson’s disappearance and solicit help in finding him.
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Both the EPD and the MNF are aware of rumors in the community and in social media posts that Robinson’s mother knows his whereabouts.
Police said Robinson’s mother did not confirm that she knew his whereabouts.
Officers learned that Robinson had been fitted with a GPS tracking device and the device was turned off before he was reported missing.
“He had removed the GPS. We don’t know when it was removed or why he wore it,” Primm said.
“We definitely hope that Amarion is safe, but until law enforcement is keeping an eye on him, they will not close the case,” Colleen Nick, executive director of the MNF, previously told the News-Times. “His friends might say one thing, but it could be a completely different situation, so they have to keep an eye on him.”
Robinson is described as black, 5’7″ and 145 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes.
Anyone with information as to his whereabouts is asked to call CID 870-881-4810.
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