Man faces theft, aggravated assault charges

Man faces theft, aggravated assault charges

BATESVILLE, AR (KAIT) - An Independence County man reportedly said he wanted to find a gun, stole two vehicles and kicked at officers before his arrest Tuesday, police said.

Ronald Lee Tully of Sulphur Rock was arrested on suspicion of four counts of aggravated assault on a certified law enforcement officer, two counts of theft of property, one count of first-degree criminal mischief and was cited for resisting arrest.

According to a probable cause affidavit, Batesville police got a call around 9 a.m. Tuesday that Tully had been released from the Sharp County jail and had been taken to White River Medical Center in Batesville by his parents for treatment.

A hospital employee told police that Tully had walked away from the hospital and said he was going to "find a gun," the affidavit noted.

Hospital officials later found out that a 2015 Chevrolet HD 2500 had been stolen from the hospital parking lot, police said, noting the truck was tracked to a home on Reynolds Street in Batesville.

When officers got to the scene, they found out another vehicle - a 2012 Nissan Frontier - had been stolen from that home, police said.

Police later found the Frontier in the old Hastings parking lot in Batesville, with Tully inside, authorities said in the affidavit.

"Investigator (Bobby) Woods observed a knife in the hand of Tully, and it appeared that he was slitting his wrist," Investigator Kyle T. Williford said in the affidavit. "Investigator Woods began ordering Tully to open the door, but he refused to do so."

Deputies were able to get the door open and subdue Tully, but not before he kicked at and threw blood-soaked items toward officers, Williford said.

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