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Arkansas woman kidnapped, thrown in the freezing river after witnessing a deadly shooting, police say

Richard Gilliam, 33, was arrested Monday and faces charges of capital murder, attempted capital murder, abduction and aggravated burglary.

(Lonoke County Sheriff’s Office)

An Arkansas woman survived after she was kidnapped on Christmas and thrown from a bridge into an icy river for allegedly witnessing a deadly shooting, police said.

The second suspect of the deadly shooting turned himself in Wednesday night, according to KATV.

The 42-year-old woman, whose name has not been released, swam to safety after she was in the River the Arkansas, KATV reported. A passer-by heard her cries for help and called 911. She was admitted to the hospital and treated for hypothermia.

The woman told investigators that she was abducted and thrown from the Interstate 430 bridge after she was a witness to a shooting during a burglary in Scott, 15 miles southeast of Little Rock. The police responded to the scene and found Arlin Nugent, 49, dead in the house, Lonoke County Sheriff’s Office said.

Another unknown person was injured in the attack and was admitted to the hospital. The individual state is unknown.

Richard Gilliam, 33, was arrested on Monday and faces charges of capital murder, attempted capital murder, aggravated burglary and kidnapping. But the deadly shooting has also led to a days-long hunt for a second suspect, identified as Deymon Webb, 28. The search ended with Webb on Wednesday night, KATV reported.

Gilliam is being held in the Lonoke County jail on $1 million bond. He is expected to appear in court in February.

Katherine Lam is a breaking and trending news digital producer for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter via @bykatherinelam

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