Man accused of spray-painting racial slurs on Jonesboro street

Man accused of spray-painting racial slurs on Jonesboro street
Kimberly A. Smith (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office)
Kimberly A. Smith (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A Jonesboro man was arrested Thursday after police say he spray-painted racial slurs on a city street.

John Ford, 40, is charged with criminal mischief and public intoxication.

Officers were called to the 1400-block of West Monroe Avenue just after 5 p.m. regarding a disturbance between Ford and his neighbors.

The complainant told police Ford showed up in front of her home and began spray-painting racist comments on the street.

She said he then placed the can of paint in her trashcan and returned home.

According to the police report, Ford spray painted "Get drugs here," "Slow coons ahead," and "Beware of coons," in front of the woman's home.

When the woman walked out to the street to see what Ford had written, she said he stepped out of his house with a rifle and walked across the street to his mother's home.

The responding officer then spoke with Ford, "who was standing in the front yard of his residence drinking a cold beer."

Ford reportedly admitted to spray painting the words on the street, the officer said.

Ford denied carrying a rifle across the street, the report stated.

However, the victim showed the officer a photo she had taken of Ford with the rifle and Ford's mother said her son had brought a rifle to her residence, the report said.

The officer cited Ford with criminal mischief and told him to stay in his home until he sobered up.

Less than 2 hours later officers were called back to the scene.

According to the report, when police arrived they found Ford standing in the street "staggering and extremely intoxicated."

Ford "had slurred speech and became very irate about his neighbors," the report said. He was also drinking a beer.

A neighbor told the officer he "confronted Ford because he was recording his children and released his dog on the kids."

The officer told Ford to go back into his home and sober up; but, Ford refused, the report said.

The officer arrested Ford for public intoxication, took him to the Craighead County Detention Center and left him in lieu of a $205 surety bond.

In an unrelated case, a Blytheville woman was arrested after police say she brought a meth pipe into the E.C. "Took" Gathings Federal Building, 615 S. Main, in Jonesboro.

Kimberly Smith, 51, was arrested on a felony charge of possession of drug paraphernalia and an out of town warrant.

She was taken to the CCDC and left in lieu of a probable cause hearing.

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