JPD: man kidnaps, beats and rapes estranged wife

Timothy Brinkley (Source: Craighead County Sheriff's Department)
Timothy Brinkley (Source: Craighead County Sheriff's Department)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A Jonesboro man is in custody and facing multiple felonies after police say he kidnapped, beat and raped his estranged wife.

"The husband continued to call her and called several times, even through some text messaging, I understand, asking to see the children," Sgt. Doug Formon with JPD told Region 8 News.

Formon said the wife then allowed her estranged husband to come by.

However, once he got to her home on Kingsbury Street, his actions landed him in jail facing four separate felony charges.

"He actually forcibly took her, kidnapped her, took her, put her in a vehicle and drove away with her," Sgt. Formon said.

An incident report from the Jonesboro Police Department describes how, at one point, the victim managed to escape from the van near the Murphy Express gas station on Stadium Blvd. Brinkley, however, caught her and put her back in the van.

Brinkley then took her to his home on Warner Street where a probable cause affidavit states he beat her and held a knife to her throat, threatening to kill her if she didn't have sex with him.

Evidence backed the victim's account of what happened.

Formon said if you are in a situation where your ex or spouse wants to see your children, meet up in a public place.

Formon suggests meeting in JPD's parking lot.

"Lots of couples come up here and exchange, on the weekends, their children," Formon said. "Because one or the other might be afraid that a problem might take place. So if you do fear for any reason whatsoever, never be ashamed or embarrassed or think we're gonna cause you any problems."

The incident report states when police went to put Brinkley in custody, he smelled strongly of intoxicants and he "thought everything was funny".

Brinkley faces felony kidnapping, rape, terroristic threatening and theft of a credit or debit card.

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