Police: 2 men charged following fight over money, photos

Police: 2 men charged following fight over money, photos
Randy Vanhorn (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office)
Randy Vanhorn (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Two Jonesboro men are charged with assault and domestic battering after an argument ended in one of the men being stabbed.

On Tuesday, May 5, Jonesboro police were called to the 700-block of Melrose in reference to a disturbance.

According to court documents, when officers arrived they found Jesus Brizuela, 34, of Lorado, TX, with stab wounds to his torso.

His roommate, 52-year-old Randy Vanhorn of Jonesboro, reportedly had visible scratch marks on his face and injuries to the back of his head.

Brizuela told investigators he had found “compromising pictures that Vanhorn had taken of him while he was asleep.”

He said Vanhorn was using the photos as “leverage” to keep Brizuela from moving away, the affidavit stated.

However, Vanhorn told detectives Brizuela started a “physical altercation” after he became angry over money Vanhorn would not give him.

Vanhorn said Brizuela got him to the ground and strangled him to the point of unconsciousness, the court document stated. He said he ran out of the house and called police.

But Brizuela denied that claim and said he wanted to leave after finding the flash drive with the images on it but Vanhorn would not let him.

He claimed they began fighting and Vanhorn knocked him to the ground then stabbed him twice with a kitchen knife.

Court documents reveal Brizuela had stab wounds to his torso and Vanhorn had marks on both sides of his neck consistent with being strangled by someone's hands in addition to scratch marks on his face and injuries to the back of his head.

Both men were arrested and taken to the Craighead County Detention Center.

On Friday a district court judge found probable cause to charge Brizuela with aggravated assault on a family or household member, a class D felony punishable by a fine of up to $10,000 and as much as 6 years in prison.

The judge also found probable cause to charge Vanhorn with domestic battering-second degree, a class B felony, punishable by a fine up to $15,000 and 5 to 20 years in prison.

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