Police: Man arrested after spray painting in church parking lot

Police: Man arrested after spray painting in church parking lot

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - What started as a call about a prowler turned into a man spray painting a different kind of message in a Jonesboro church parking lot.

An incident report from Jonesboro police states an officer was called to the 1400-block of West Monroe in reference to a prowler around 3:30 Monday morning.

Officer Christopher Pigg said in the report that he found a man, identified as John Ford of Jonesboro, in the Freewill Baptist Church parking lot.

Ford was reportedly bent over and holding a can of white spray paint.

The officer said he saw the words "TOW HERE" spray painted in a parking space as he approached Ford. There was also an arrow spray painted in the direction of a sedan, another officer stated in the report.

The man was searched for weapons "for he is known to carry a firearm" the officer stated.

Officers said Ford smelled of intoxicants and had slurred speech as they were talking to him. Ford also had fresh white spray paint on his boots.

When asked what he was doing, Ford told officers he was "done here" and "about to go to bed."

Someone with the church was notified about the incident.

According to an officer in the report, there have been "several calls" concerning Ford spray painting racial statements in the street.

Ford was arrested for misdemeanor criminal mischief and public intoxication.

He was taken to the Craighead County Detention Center in lieu of a $730 bond.

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