JPD Investigating Late-Night Homicide

August 12, 2005 - Posted at 12:10 PM CDT, updated at 10:30 PM CDT

JONESBORO, AR - A man police believe to be an illegal immigrant is being held without bond at the Craighead County Jail this afternoon, as the result of a late-night fatal stabbing in north Jonesboro.

At approximately 10:43 last night, police were dispatched to 200 West Woodrow Street in reference to a stabbing.  Upon arrival, officers found a Hispanic male lying face-down in the street with an apparent stab wound to the upper torso.  The man was identified as Adrian Lopez, who was immediately taken to St. Bernard's Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead by Craighead County Coroner Toby Emerson.

Officers then secured the location and detained six other Hispanic males at the residence.  A search warrant was then obtained for the neighboring residence at 207 West Woodrow, where officers "recovered several pieces of evidence possibly related to the homicide."

The six males who had been detained were then taken to the Justice Complex for questioning.  After interviews, one man was detained for further questioning, and he was formally charged this afternoon in a probable cause hearing in Jonesboro District Court.  Police identified the suspect as 32-year-old Jorge Luis Rivera, of Mexico.  As a result of Rivera's residency status, Judge Keith Blackman ordered him held without bond.

The incident marks the second homicide of the year in Jonesboro.