Alleged Child Abductor Arrested Thursday Morning by JPD

MAY 26, 2005 - Posted at 10:51 a.m. CDT, updated at 4:12 p.m. CDT

JONESBORO, AR - Detectives with the Jonesboro Police Department this morning arrested a Jonesboro man accused of abducting his non-custodial daughter earlier this week.  Elliott Finch, Jr. was arrested without incident at approximately 8:30 this morning at the home of his mother.

Officers had been searching for Finch since Tuesday on warrants for kidnapping, rape and first degree battery, when he allegedly abducted his ex-girlfriend and her 2-year-old daughter from her Jonesboro residence.  According to the Greene County Sheriff's Department, Denitra Forrest received knife injuries from Finch when she escaped from the vehicle in which they were riding just west of Paragould.  Finch then fled the area after the attack with 2-year-old Tamera Finch.  A Morgan Nick/Amber alert was then issued, and several law enforcement agencies in northeast Arkansas and southeast Missouri began searching for the pair.

Earlier this morning, Detective Vic Brooks of the JPD received a phone call from Elliott Finch's mother informing him that she wished to speak with him.  Brooks and Lieutenant Lynn Waterworth then drove to the woman's residence where she informed them that her son was there and ready to surrender.  Finch was then arrested and taken into custody.

Finch appeared before Judge Keith Blackman in Craighead County District Court this afternoon for a probable cause hearing, where he was charged with two counts of kidnapping, one count of theft of property, one count of aggravated assault on a family member and one count of terroristic threatening, all for his alleged role in Tuesday's incident.  He was also charged today with rape, kidnapping, two counts of residential burglary, domestic battery, two counts of terroristic threatening, and aggravated assault for incidents that allegedly occured on April 16 and April 24.

Finch is to appear in court again on June 30.