Thanksgiving Evening Turns Violent for Two Craighead County Residents

NOVEMBER 26, 2004 - Posted at 12:38 p.m. CST

JONESBORO, AR - A peaceful Thanksgiving evening turned violent in one Jonesboro area neighborhood late last night.

Craighead County Sheriff's deputies were called to a residence at 7235 Highway 351 around 10:30 p.m. after receiving a 911 dispatch call about "a fight in progress with weapons."  When deputies arrived at the residence north of Jonesboro, they found a man identified as 35-year-old Loyd Hendricks standing in the driveway and covered in blood.  Hendricks told deputies that he had been attacked with a baseball bat by his neighbor, identified as 29-year-old Stephen Honeycutt.

Deputies learned that Honeycutt was inside his mobile home with a woman.  After officers made several unsuccessful attempts to contact Honeycutt, the county's Special Response Team was called to the residence.  After a three-hour standoff, a flash grenade was thrown into the residence, and deputies entered the home.  According to a police report, the suspect "lunged for the gun of the deputy in the lead.  The deputy discharged the weapon, striking the suspect in the left hand."  Honeycutt was then taken into custody and transported to St. Bernards Medical Center, where he was treated and released before being taken to the Craighead County Detention Center and booked on charges of first degree battery and terroristic threatening.  Etter says Honeycutt was on parole at the time of the incident, and had just been released from the Arkansas Department of Corrections.  Honeycutt faces a probable cause hearing Monday afternoon at 1 p.m.

Meanwhile, Hendricks remains hospitalized at St. Bernards, where he was immediately taken last night.