Woman arrested for bringing gun to factory appears in court

Ashley Crite (Source: Jackson County Detention Center)
Ashley Crite (Source: Jackson County Detention Center)

JACKSON COUNTY, AR (KAIT) – A woman arrested in Jackson County for bringing a gun into a factory appeared in court on Wednesday.

Sheriff Davis Lucas said that Crite was arraigned on the charges of Aggravated Assault on a Family or Household member,Kidnapping and seven counts of Aggravated Assault.

According to the Jackson County Sheriff's Office, on Monday, they received a 911 call in reference to woman holding a gun inside the break room of Southwest Steel Processing.

Witnesses told deputies the woman left the scene in a silver car and a man was riding with her.

Deputies then searched for the woman and found her shortly before 3 p.m. at the intersection of Highway 18 and Highway 69.

Deputies found a .380 caliber semi-automatic handgun on the woman. Ashley Michelle Crite, 30, was arrested and taken to the Jackson County Detention Center.

Investigators tell Region 8 News the woman did fire her gun once inside the break room, but no one was injured.

Crite was charged with a felony for aggravated assault on a family or household member and a felony for false imprisonment.

The sheriff's office said the man was a victim in this case and was not injured.

Her bond was set at $500,000. Crite will appear in Jackson County Circuit Court on May 15.

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