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Jonesboro man charged with aggravated assault

Stanley C. Morris (Source: Craighead County Sheriff's Office) Stanley C. Morris (Source: Craighead County Sheriff's Office)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – A dispute over a parked car ended early Saturday morning with police surrounding a Jonesboro man's home, with their weapons drawn, ordering him to come out.

Stanley Cleo Morris, 28, is charged with aggravated assault, possession of a Schedule VI controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Around 12:30 a.m. Saturday officers were called to Morris's home in the 2100-block of Sweet Gum Drive in response to an assault with a weapon.

When police arrived, they set up a perimeter around the house while dispatch contacted Morris.

Morris reportedly told the dispatcher he had a weapon and would leave it in his house before exiting.

A few minutes passed before Morris stepped out of the house, the report stated.

Officers ordered him to turn around, with his hands in the air, and walk backward toward them. Officers then told Morris to get down on his knees then handcuffed him.

Once Morris was in custody, officers entered the home to perform a "safety search."

Inside they reported finding an unloaded stainless steel Beretta handgun in an office chair. Officers also stated they found a clear bowl with a red lid containing "4.6 grams of marijuana in a plastic bag…a large amount of marijuana cigarette butts, a black marijuana pipe, and a marijuana grinder.

According to the initial police report, the victim said Morris had threatened him with a baseball bat and "then pointed a handgun at his face" while saying threatening comments and racial slurs.

The victim, whose in-laws are Morris's next door neighbors, claimed in his statement to police he told Morris, "Don't you remember me? I used to live next door. You used to hide my kids' Christmas presents in our garage for me."

The man claimed Morris informed him "I know who you are. You need to f---ing leave."

The victim told police he returned to his car and pulled it into his in-laws' drive to call police.

After being read his Miranda rights, Morris told officers he had heard honking outside of his residence and noticed a car parked outside.

Morris reportedly stated the vehicle had driven around the neighborhood before parking in front of his home with the lights out.

According to the report, Morris "advised that he confronted the subject in the vehicle…with a baseball bat."

Morris told officers the driver got out of his car and approached Morris in an "aggressive" way.

Morris claimed he started walking back to his home, but the other man continued to approach him. At that point Morris said he drew his unloaded weapon and pointed it at the man, the report stated.

The victim's mother-in-law, who is Morris's neighbor, told police they had been friends for nearly 8 years, but that Morris "has been growing more erratic lately." She claimed on June 16 Morris threatened to hurt her husband while they were outside.

Officer Jacob Daffron then arrested Morris and took him to the Craighead County Detention Center where he was left in lieu of a probable cause hearing.

According to the Craighead County Sheriff's Office, Morris was released Saturday afternoon after posting a $3,500 surety bond.

Editor's Note: Morris was formerly employed by KAIT-TV, a Jonesboro radio station, and a Congressional campaign.

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