JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The following information was provided by the Jonesboro Police Department on Wednesday, Nov. 26. All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty.
At 2:49 p.m. Monday officers were dispatched to Walmart, 1815 E. Highland, regarding the theft of 2 televisions valued at $1,396. According to the incident report, two named suspects were observed on security camera footage leaving the store with the TVs in a cart. They made no attempt to pay for them, the report stated. Before leaving the store, one of the men was reportedly videotaped hugging a store employee.
A 56-year-old Tyronza woman told police that while shopping for groceries at Walmart, 1815 E. Highland, someone removed her wallet from her purse.
On Monday, Dec. 1, a 49-year-old Paragould man reported that while stopped in the 4300-block of Aggie Road a named suspect opened the door of his truck, punched him in the face and stole a nail bag from the bed of his pickup. The victim said the bag contained a hammer, speed square and a tape measure. After the attack the man was taken to a local hospital where he was treated for a cut and bruise over his left eye and released.
Three women reported Monday that sometime between 2 and 2:45 p.m. someone broke into their apartment in the 1100-block of Links Circle and stole $40 dollars, a house key, and prescription pills.
A Jonesboro man reported Monday that sometime between 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. someone pried open his carport door and stole several items, including 2 firearms, from his home in the 2200-block of Paul Drive.
Jessica Chism, 29, of Brookland was arrested Monday afternoon at Kmart, 2010 S. Caraway, on suspicion of shoplifting. According to the report, Chism was observed placing several items valued at $390.89 into a cart then walking out of the store without paying. She was taken to the Craighead County Detention Center where she was left in lieu of a $770 surety bond.
Domestic battering/assault on family or household member
Larry Lynell Givens, 23, of Jonesboro was arrested Tuesday on multiple charges, including aggravated assault of a family member, endangering the welfare of a minor and possession of a Schedule VI controlled substance. According to the incident report, at 1 a.m. officers responded to a domestic assault at the intersection of Bridge and Roseclair. The victim told police Givens had squeezed her neck until she passed out and had slammed her head into a wall. Officers then went to an apartment in the 600-block of Alpine Street where they found Givens holding an infant. According to the report, the child was wearing just a diaper and a onesie in the 31 degree weather. He was taken to the Craighead County Detention Center to await a probable cause hearing.
Alan Fortenberry, 54, of Jonesboro was arrested on suspicion of domestic battering after police say he dragged a woman by her hair down Warren Street. A witness claimed when he stopped his car to help the woman, Fortenberry pulled out a knife and stabbed his right rear tire. Fortenberry was charged with third degree domestic battery and criminal mischief. He was taken to the Craighead County Detention Center where he was held pending a probable cause hearing. While investigating police learned the victim, 43-year-old Vicki Michelle Baker of Jonesboro, was wanted on warrants through the city and Craighead County. She was taken to the CCDC and held in lieu of a $2,640 cash-only bond.
On Monday police arrested 19-year-old Brandon L. Barbine, 26-year-old Joshua D. Collins, and 20-year-old Austin N. Davis, all of Jonesboro, on drug-related charges. According to the incident report, an officer found the 3 suspects sitting in a car parked behind Hays, 1000 S. Gee. The officer stated he could smell marijuana coming from the vehicle and the suspects appeared nervous when he questioned them. During a search of the suspects and the car, the officer reportedly found approximately 30 grams of marijuana valued at $200, a set of digital scales, and a marijuana grinder. All three suspects were taken to the Craighead County Detention Center where Barbine was cited for possession of a Schedule VI controlled substance and left in lieu of a $950 surety bond. Davis was cited with possession of a Schedule VI controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, he was left in custody in lieu of a $1,470 surety bond. Collins was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia and left in lieu of a $520 surety bond.
Endangering the welfare of a minor