JPD: Man refused to pay $2.75 food bill so he can go to jail

JPD: Man refused to pay $2.75 food bill so he can go to jail

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Police arrested a Jonesboro man after he told them life was "just too hard in the free world" and that he wanted to go to jail.

Monday morning, just before 7:30, Officer David Stout responded to a disturbance call at St. Bernards Medical Center, 225 E. Jackson.

Employees said a 48-year-old man refused to pay for a $2.75 plate of food he got in the cafeteria.

The suspect reportedly told the workers he was "giving up on life" and took the food so he could go to jail.

Workers said the man told them, "I'm not going to pay. I'd rather go to jail."

When Stout questioned him about his actions and intent, he said the suspect told him the same thing.

At that point, Stout arrested the man and took him to the Craighead County Detention Center.

Upon arriving at the CCDC, the suspect reportedly told Stout that life was "just too hard in the free world."

The man said he had been receiving treatment at a veterans hospital in Little Rock for a mental disorder.

An inventory completed during the booking process revealed the suspect had a $5 bill and multiple $1 bills in his wallet, "plenty to pay for the meal."

Stout cited the man with theft of services and criminal trespass, according to the report he had been previously criminally banned from St. Bernards.

The suspect is being held in lieu of a $935 surety bond awaiting a Sept. 7 court appearance.


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