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Man accused of attacking neighbor with bat told police "no one else would"

Michael Wayne Barnett (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office) Michael Wayne Barnett (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office)
JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -

Jonesboro police arrested a parolee after they say he forced his way into a neighbor’s apartment and hit him in the head with a baseball bat. When asked about the alleged attack, the man reportedly said: "No one else would."

Just before 8 p.m. Sunday, officers were called to the 5300-block of East Nettleton regarding a disturbance with weapons.

The victim told police that 43-year-old Michael Wayne Barnett forced open his door and hit him in the head with a baseball bat.

Following the attack, the victim said Barnett went back to his apartment.

Officers went to Barnett’s residence and tried to make contact, but no one would answer the door, according to court documents.

The landlord arrived at the scene and convinced Barnett to come out and speak with police.

“He asked the landlord if he needed a lawyer,” the affidavit stated.

Officers detained Barnett and questioned him to get his side of the story. After being read his Miranda rights, Barnett refused to answer the officers’ questions without a lawyer present.

“I know I’m going to jail. I’m on parole, and this is a violent crime” Barnett reportedly said. “Just cause I pushed him around a little bit because no one else would.”

After confirming Barnett was on parole, officers conducted a search of his home and found a small amount of suspected marijuana and pipe used to smoke the drug.

On Monday, Craighead County District Judge David Boling found probable cause to charge Barnett with felony residential burglary, second-degree battery, possession of drug paraphernalia, and with a parole violation. He’s also charged with misdemeanor possession of a Schedule VI controlled substance less than four ounces.

The judge set Barnett’s bond at $5,000 cash/surety and ordered him to appear in circuit court on June 29.

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