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Arrest warrants issued for 2 missing sex offenders

Gary Leon Webster (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office) Gary Leon Webster (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office)
JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -

Nov. 10 UPDATE: Jonesboro police arrested Gary Leon Webster, 65, Wednesday afternoon at Motel 6, 2300 South Caraway.

He is being held at the Craighead County Detention Center awaiting a probable cause hearing. 

Webster is charged with failing to comply with reporting and registering requirements.


Jonesboro police say a registered sex offender checked out of a local hotel without checking in with them.

On Monday, while training the department’s new sex offender registration specialist, Detective Ernest Ward discovered that Jesse Browder, 33, had never verified his address.

Ward and Karen Rinehart went to the listed address at the Candlewood Suites, 2906 Kazi, and met with the manager.

According to Ward’s report, after looking at Browder’s photo, the manager said he did not know the suspect and was not staying at the hotel.

Later that afternoon the manager contacted Officer Rinehart and said Browder’s employer had rented a room for him on April 29, but the reservation was later canceled. Browder never stayed at the hotel, he said.

Rinehart then contacted Browder’s employer who said that he had been terminated and no longer worked there.

A bench warrant has been issued for Browder’s arrest.

In an unrelated case, Rinehart learned a Level 3 sex offender had not registered his address.

According to her report, 65-year-old Gary Webster, who was convicted of first-degree sexual abuse, registered his address in the 900-block of North Caraway.

Rinehart stated Webster was required to register his address on July 8, but had not done so.

A judge issued a bench warrant for Webster's arrest.

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