Deputies arrest man accused of threatening to shoot 2 people

Deputies arrest man accused of threatening to shoot 2 people
Heather Upton (Source: Izard Co. Sheriff's Dept.)
Heather Upton (Source: Izard Co. Sheriff's Dept.)

IZARD COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - A report of a suspect holding two people at gunpoint led to deputies arresting a man and woman on a variety of charges, including assault and child endangerment.

Shortly after 4 a.m. Friday, Dec. 16, Izard County sheriff's deputies responded to a call at a home in Wideman.

Witnesses told deputies Wayland Owens, 35, was holding two people at gunpoint and had threatened to shoot them.

After some discussion with deputies and a family member, Sheriff Tate Lawrence said Owens exited the house and released a woman.

Deputies arrested Owens at the scene and charged him with two counts of child endangerment, violation of a protection order, two counts of false imprisonment, and three counts of first-degree assault.

Heather Upton, 40, was also charged with two counts of child endangerment and violation of a protection order.

Owens posted a $4,600 bond the following day and was released from the Izard County Detention Center with a Jan. 19 court date.

Upton remains in the detention center.

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