Man arrested in connection with home invasion

James Dinwiddie, Jr. (Source: Forrest City Police Department)
James Dinwiddie, Jr. (Source: Forrest City Police Department)

FORREST CITY, AR (KAIT) – Following a home invasion where a woman was assaulted and robbed at gun point, a Forrest City man is in police custody.

Forrest City Police say 28-year-old James Dinwiddie, Jr. was arrested March 23 in connection with the March 17 robbery and assault a woman was attacked and robbed for cash in her apartment on Mann Street in Forrest City.

Police say Dinwiddie, Jr. is charged with aggravated robbery and battery in the first degree in connection with the home invasion. He also faces possession of marijuana with an purpose to deliver near druf free zone, fleeing, obstructing governmental operations, and possession of cocaine with purpose to deliver near a drug free zone.

In addition to the charges listed above, Dinwiddie, Jr. also had outstanding failure to appear warrants out of St. Francis County Court.

Dinwiddie, Jr. tried to outrun police during an arrest attempt, say Forrest City Police, but after a chase on foot, he was arrested. Police also say he tried to discard drugs in his possession while on the run, but those were later found.

However, this fleeing incident isn't the first in Dinwiddie's history. Police say some of his current charges stem from a fleeing incident from Nov. 10, 2011 where he fled from a traffic stop and cocaine and marijuana were found.

At the time of the police report, Dinwiddie was being held in the St. Francis County Jail pending arraignment charges.

Forrest City Police Chief E. P. Reynolds says the investigation into the home invasion is still ongoing since a second person of interest has yet to be captured.

If anyone has any information connected with this home invasion, please contact the Forrest City Police Department at (870) 633-3434 or Forrest City Crime Stoppers at (870) 261-1499.

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