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Police: 2 arrested, 2 hospitalized after breaking into Hot Springs hotel room

Jakota Clay (left) and Autumn Polston (right) were arrested by Hot Springs police for aggravated residential burglary and third-degree battery. (Photos courtesy: Hot Springs Police Dept.)

Two suspects are in the hospital and two are behind bars after Hot Springs police say they forced their way into a hotel room and were met with gunfire.

Authorities say Darrell Johnson and a woman, both of Newark, Texas, were staying in a room at the Econo Lodge on Central Avenue when Johnson got out of bed to answer a knock at his door around 11:20 p.m. Tuesday.

Johnson, who answered the door with a handgun, was hit in the face by one of the suspects and was then knocked down as they forced their way into the room.

Police say Johnson fired one shot, which struck two suspects. The bullet hit 30-year-old Brandon Folsom in his torso, exited him and then struck 29-year-old Bobby Jack Smith.

Folsom and Smith fled the room along with two other suspects, 29-year-old Jakota Clay and 26-year-old Autumn Polston.

Officers in the area heard the gunshot, arrived on scene and then chased Clay on foot. Clay, who also had several outstanding felony warrants, was apprehended by a K9 officer and taken into custody.

Smith was found at the Econo Lodge and transported by Lifenet to St. Vincent hospital, where he is listed in good condition.

Authorities report Folsom fled the scene with Polston and was taken to the hospital by private vehicle. Police say he remains in serious condition and Polston was arrested at the hospital.

Both Polston and Clay face charges of aggravated residential burglary and third-degree battery.

Once they are released from the hospital, police say Folsom and Smith will be arrested on the same charges.

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