• Dennis McCaslin

Rogers police arrest Benton County man after investigation into June hit-and-run incident



Michael Wayne Moore

Rogers police arrested a Benton County man last week and charged him a number of felony counts stemming from a June 4 vehicular collision between a blue 2003 Volvo and a moped at the intersection of North Dixieland and West Olive Street in Rogers.


A warrant was issued for 34-year-old Michael Wayne Moore after a Rogers police Department investigation revealed Moore had intentionally rear-ended a moped driven by Joan Cabera-Lopez then fled the scene and later attempted to cover up the crime by trading the Volvo for a GMC pick-up two days later.


The police reports indicates that Moore is the brother of Cabera-Lopez's girlfriend and the incident started with an argument at a convenience store in which Moore could be heard telling Cabera-Lopez that he was "gonna f*** you up".


After the manager of the store made both mean leave the premises, witnesses say Moore was following the m0ped aggressively in the Volvo, cut Cabera -Lopez off in traffic and mimicked his lane changes before hitting the scooter at the accident scene. Witnesses said the moped ended up on the westside of North Dixieland Road and the Volvo ran over Cabera-Lopez, causing the front of the vehicle to "come off the ground", then proceeded to flee the scene in a northbound direction.


You can read then full affidavit for probable cause warrant by clicking this link:

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Cabera Lopez suffered three fractured bones in his left foot, a broken ankle that had to be surgically repaired, a fractured elb0ow and several road rash abrasions. He identified Moore as the driver of the Volvo from his hospital bed..


Moore was charged with First Degree Attempted Murder, Failure to Stop After an Accident Causing Injury, Battery, and Terroristic Threatening.


Moore also has an open case in Benton County involving felony theft of a firearm that in December 2020 and already faces a pretrial hearing in that case this week.


Moore remains behind bars in the Benton County Detention Center as of 8:45 p.m. on Tuesday.



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