1 arrested, 1 wanted after man beaten to death in Texarkana

Cedric Ballard, 52 (left), and Darquales McHenry, 33 (right)
Cedric Ballard, 52 (left), and Darquales McHenry, 33 (right)(Texarkana Texas Police Department)
Published: Mar. 23, 2022 at 4:33 PM CDT|Updated: Mar. 29, 2022 at 4:44 AM CDT
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TEXARKANA, Texas (KSLA) - The Texarkana Texas Police Department is currently investigating after what was initially classified as a suspicious death.

Officers were sent out Tuesday, March 22 around 11:40 p.m. to the 500 block of Melton Street to assist with an ambulance call. Inside the home, officers found Johnny Robinson, 53, unresponsive on a couch. He was taken to Wadley Regional Medical Center, where he died Wednesday, officials say.

Robinson’s body was sent to Dallas for an autopsy to determine his exact cause of death. Detectives learned Robinson died as the result of an assault, police say.

On Monday, March 28, the police department announced officers have arrested one man in connection with the death, and are still looking for another. Officials say Cedric Ballard, 52, and Darquales McHenry, 33, conspired to beat Robinson over some sort of disagreement.

Ballard has been arrested, and officials are still looking for McHenry. Ballard was booked into the Bi-State Jail for murder; his bond was set at $1 million.

Anyone with information on McHenry’s whereabouts should call 903-798-3116, or call Texarkana Area Crime Stoppers at 903-793-7867 (STOP).

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