UPD: Man arrested after threatening Convo workers over lost phone

UPD: Man arrested after threatening Convo workers over lost phone

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Arkansas State University police arrested a man Monday morning after they say he threatened to kill workers at the Convocation Center over a lost cell phone.

Just before 11 a.m., Officer Tracy Fleetwood responded to a call at the Convocation Center's loading dock, 217 Olympic Dr., regarding a man who was "tweaking."

When Fleetwood arrived, the caller said Haywood Franklin, 46, of Jonesboro was "upset over a lost cell phone and was threatening to kill everyone if it wasn't returned."

Using the center's surveillance cameras, employees told Fleetwood that Franklin was in the red lobby.

As Fleetwood headed to the area to make contact, Franklin walked toward the yellow lobby, saying "here I am."

"I went up the stairs and [saw] he had something pointy in his hand," Fleetwood reported. According to the incident report, it was a metal nail file. "I made him give it to me with no problems."

At first, Franklin did not want to speak with the UPD officer, saying that Fleetwood wanted to "harass" him.

Fleetwood attempted to question Franklin about the incident and the missing phone but said he would not answer.

"I advised him his presence here at the university was no longer welcome, and he needed to leave," Fleetwood said.

Franklin reportedly told the officer he would just be back the following day to which Fleetwood said he would be criminally banned.

"He acted as though he was going to leave and began walking toward the exit," Fleetwood said. "Then [Franklin] abruptly turned around and grabbed hold of the black railing."

Fleetwood then arrested Franklin and escorted him to another officer's patrol unit to be taken to the Craighead County Detention Center.

The report said when Franklin was searched, officers found two bottles of pills belonging to a woman and a pipe which tested positive for methamphetamine.

Franklin was charged with criminal trespass and possessing instruments of crime.

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