JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – Jonesboro police were searching for a man with a parole violation, but they ended up arresting two others when he was found.
According to a police report, officers were searching for David Mangrum, 36, after he was suspected of driving a stolen vehicle.
Mangrum was also suspected of forgery and breaking into other vehicles. Officers were told that he might have been staying at a hotel. After driving by hotels in town, a Jonesboro police officer found the stolen car at America's Best Value Inn on Phillips Drive.
After speaking with the owner of the hotel, the officer was able to figure out which room Mangrum might be in. Another officer arrived to the hotel at that time and they both knocked on the door.
Autumn Gipson, 21, answered the door and claimed Daniel Mangrum was not in the room.
Officers ran her name through dispatch and found that Gipson was on active probation. Gipson let the officers enter the hotel room and a man was heard in the restroom. The man in the restroom was identified as Michael Gray, 29, and when they ran his name through dispatch, it was found that he was also on an active probation. Gipson was arrested for obstruction of governmental operations.
Gray told police the man they were searching for may have been the guy who dropped him off at the hotel, who he called Dan. Gray was not able to elaborate on Dan and officers noticed that both Gipson and Gray seemed nervous and they also believed they were both under the influence of drugs.
The hotel phone rang and a female officer answered acting as Gipson. The caller asked the officer, "What does he want me to bring him?" The police report states Gray screamed that the officer was not Autumn and the officer then hung up the phone.
Gray was arrested for obstructing governmental operations. While in handcuffs, Gray kept nodding towards Gipson's area and officers felt that he was trying to tell them something. One of the officers took Gray outside to give him a chance to say something. The other officer stayed inside and searched Gipson. The officer noticed Gipson was visibly shaking. When Gray and the officer came back into the room, the officer pointed to the chair Gipson was sitting in. The officer flipped the chair over they found Mangrum curled up fetal position hiding under the chair.
Mangrum was then arrested. Officers then began a probation search of the room and found a used syringe, amphetamine, three broken pens with residue, and a broken light bulb with burned residue on it.
All three suspects claimed none of the items found belonged to them. Since they were all in the same room they were all charged with their possession.
Autumn Gipson was taken to the Craighead County Jail and faced charges for possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance, obstruction of governmental operations, and hindering apprehension. She awaits a probable cause hearing.
Michael Gray was taken to the Craighead County Jail and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia possession of a controlled substance, and obstruction of governmental operations. Gray was also placed on probation hold.
Mangrum was taken to the Craighead County Jail and was charged with parole violation, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of a controlled substance. He also awaits probable cause hearing.