Man arrested after reportedly trying to lure girl from bus stop

Man arrested after reportedly trying to lure girl from bus stop

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A Jonesboro man was arrested Friday after a witness told police he tried to lure a young girl from her bus stop.

A witness told police that Matthew Scott Shipman, 28, stood near the intersection of Oak and South Culberhouse Streets and started talking to a small girl.

When Cpl. Gary Jackson arrived, he said Shipman denied the accusation. He also reported that Shipman appeared nervous and rambled incoherently.

Jackson then searched Shipman and found two plastic baggies of drugs. One contained marijuana and the other was methamphetamine, according to the initial incident report.

The officer later discovered Shipman had an outstanding felony bench warrants out of Greene and Craighead counties.

He also had several misdemeanor warrants out of Craighead County and the City of Jonesboro, according to the police report.

Jackson reported that Shipman was also in possession of two Visa debit cards bearing a woman's name.

On the way to the jail, Shipman told the officer he had taken too many drugs and needed medical care.

Jackson then took the man to St. Bernards Medical Center.

Shipman threatened suicide before being taken to the Craighead County Detention Center where his bond was about $4,700.

The man faces several felony and misdemeanor charges, including possession of marijuana and possession of methamphetamine.

Shipman is expected back in court on Monday.

Although Shipman denied the accusations of luring a young girl, neighbors along Oak Street said they are upset he was hanging around the bus stop.

Most neighbors told Region 8 News the area is normally quiet except for a few incidents, but nothing involving children.

One mother is nervous to let her daughter play outside after the incident.

"I don't know that I am going to do that anymore. I am really fearful now that she is not safe without one of us out here with her," said Nikki Winn.

Winn said she would like to see more police presence in the area to keep the kids safe.

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