JPD: Man arrested after threatening to shoot woman

JPD: Man arrested after threatening to shoot woman
Murl Couch (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office)
Murl Couch (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A Jonesboro man faces multiple felony charges after holding police at bay for more than an hour.

At approximately 6:30 a.m. Thursday a 27-year-old woman called the police to say her boyfriend, 26-year-old Cordell Hughes, had pointed a shotgun at her head and threatened to "blow her head off."

The victim, according to the initial incident report, managed to get away from Hughes and run to a nearby home to call 911.

She told police her three children were still inside the home with Hughes.

When Officer Brad Rossman arrived at the scene in the 3200-block of Fairview he set up a perimeter and began knocking on the door, trying to get Hughes to come out.

As more officers, administrators, and SWAT officers arrived on the scene, Rossman continued to knock on the door.

This continued for more than an hour.

At 8 a.m. the door opened and the three children walked outside.

Rossman called the children to him and made sure they were away from the suspect, who then came outside, the report stated. He then arrested Hughes and handcuffed him.

After making sure Hughes was secure and the children were safe, Rossman said he and Detective Brandon King, who had a search warrant, entered the home.

While searching the home, Rossman stated seeing a "small amount of insulation laying in the hallway under the attic door."

Using a dresser to climb on, Rossman looked inside the attic space and found the pump shotgun described by the victim under a pile of insulation. He turned the shotgun over to King.

Another officer took Hughes to the Craighead County Detention Center where he was booked on suspicion of aggravated assault on a family or household member, first-degree terroristic threatening, and possession of a firearm by certain persons.

In an unrelated case, police arrested 78-year-old Murl Couch of Jonesboro, after he reportedly threatened to get a gun and shoot his ex-wife.

According to the initial incident report, officers were called to the 2200-block of Spring Wood around 6 p.m. Thursday.

The 68-year-old victim told police she was getting her stuff to move to a different house when Couch began yelling at her.

"He slapped the back of her car and told her he would get a gun and shoot her brains out," the report stated.

The victim said she left the house and drove to her new residence. Couch, she said, followed her.

Officers Brian Arnold and Jason Chester went to Couch's home on Spring Wood and spoke with him.

Couch admitted to the officers he had driven to the victim's house, but denied saying anything threatening to her, the report stated.

When told he faced charges of terroristic threatening, Couch reportedly said to the officers, "I'm going to kill her."

Arnold then arrested Couch and took him to the CCDC to await a probable cause hearing.

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