Three solicitors were arrested Sunday afternoon after creating a disturbance in a Maumelle neighborhood and charged with numerous charges.
Maumelle police chief Sam Williams said this incident is a perfect example of why he enforces Maumelle’s permit requirements for soliciting.
Most cities in central Arkansas also require a permit before door-to-door solicitation but none of them enforce it as much as Maumelle does.
The law is designed to weed out would be solicitors who have criminal records or who may be committing other crimes while allegedly out selling magazines or something else.
At around 6:40 p.m. Sunday evening, police were called to 14 Ozark Drive about people soliciting and being rude to homeowners. Officer Johnathan Johnson said he and officer Jeremy Newlin found two solicitors sitting in a van in front of 14 Ozark Drive.
While talking to the driver, Romona Spencer and passenger Errol Flynn, Newlin said he could smell an odor of marijuana and ordered the two to exit the vehicle but they not only refused to do so but rolled up the windows and locked the doors.
Both refused to open the door until Sgt. Dustin Ivey arrived and broke out his baton.
Ivey and Newlin pulled Spencer out of the vehicle and "assisted her into a prone position on the ground" while Officer Johnson said he attempted to get Flynn out but he couldn’t because Flynn resisted until Sgt. Ivey helped him "forcefully remove Flynn from the vehicle and assisted him into a prone position on the ground."
Officers said Flynn was "combative" and Spencer attempted to run away before she was handcuffed.
While pulling those two out of the van, police said a third solicitor; Shreckia Humphrey was "yelling and screaming at officers." She was arrested and handcuffed.
During a search of the van, Ivey said he found two bags of marijuana under the passenger seat and another in Spencer’s pocket.
All three said the 12.7 grams of marijuana belonged to them, police said.
Charged in the incident was Errol Franklin Flynn, Jr., 45, of Indianapolis with possession of a controlled substance and resisting arrest. He was the only one who had an active soliciting permit from Maumelle.
Romona Martina Spencer, 29, of Long Beach, Calif. was charged with possession of a controlled substance, resisting arrest and soliciting without a permit.
And Shrecikia Ann Humphrey, 21, of Columbus, Ohio was charged with Possession of a controlled substance and disorderly conduct.
All three were taken to the Pulaski County Regional Detention Facility.