Man suspected of beating, stealing woman's car behind bars

Man suspected of beating, stealing woman's car behind bars

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A man wanted since August 2014 for beating a woman and stealing her car is now behind bars.

Bryan Dequane Caruthers, 27, of Blytheville is being held on suspicion of robbery at the Craighead County Detention Center.

According to court documents filed on Aug. 28, 2014, Caruthers beat his ex-girlfriend and stole her car when she didn't bail him out of jail.

The woman told detectives when she arrived at home she found Caruthers, who had just gotten out of jail, standing outside her apartment.

When she tried to go up the stairs, she said Caruthers grabbed her by the ponytail and dragged her down two flights of stairs while punching her in the head.

Once they reached the bottom of the stairs, Caruthers snatched her car keys and left in her vehicle, the affidavit stated.

The dealership, which had leased the car to the victim, used the vehicle's GPS to track it to the Blytheville home of Caruthers' mother, according to the police report.

Craighead County District Court Judge Curt Huckaby issued a warrant on Aug. 28, 2014, for Caruthers' arrest after finding probable cause to charge him with felony robbery; felony theft of a vehicle valued at less than $25,000 but greater than $5,000; and misdemeanor domestic battering-third degree.

On Dec. 9, 2015, police finally caught up with him. A Craighead County sheriff's deputy picked Caruthers up at the Mississippi County Jail and brought him back on the warrant.

CCDC records indicate Caruthers is being held in lieu of a $30,000 surety bond. He is scheduled to appear in circuit court on Dec. 29.

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