Man arrested in burglary, kidnapping case

Man arrested in burglary, kidnapping case

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A Mississippi County man faces a multitude of charges after another person first pulled a fake gun on the victim, then the man pulled a real one, police said.

Joshua H. Cherrith of Blytheville was arrested on suspicion of aggravated residential burglary, aggravated robbery, second-degree battery, first-degree kidnapping, possession of firearm by certain persons and second-degree endangering the welfare of a minor.

According to the probable cause affidavit, the victim told police that Cherrith and another person approached him wanting a cigarette.

"The two subjects asked for a cigarette and offered to pay for a cigarette," the affidavit noted. "The victim pulls out some money and advises the subjects that he does not have any change."

The unknown subject then pulled out a gun and forced the victim into his home, police said, noting the victim yelled to his children to leave and call the police.

"The victim noticed the gun that was pointed at him was fake and slapped it away from him (the unknown person)," police said.

The victim, Cherrith, and the other person then started fighting and continued until Cherrith pulled out the gun, police said.

The victim told police that the other person began trying to hold him down while Cherrith attempted to load the gun. Cherrith was able to put two bullets in the gun and pointed it at the victim before two other people showed up.

Cherrith, who is scheduled to be arraigned April 20 at the Craighead County Courthouse, then ran away.

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