JPD: Man threatened to burn victim "like a crispy chicken"

JPD: Man threatened to burn victim "like a crispy chicken"
Juantez Thomas (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A Jonesboro man is being held on a $50,000 cash-only bond after police say he threatened to pour gasoline on another man and "burn him like a crispy chicken."

Craighead County District Judge Tommy Fowler found probable cause Monday to charge 37-year-old Juantez Thomas with first-degree terroristic threatening.

Thomas is accused of threatening several people who were working in the 300-block of State Street on Sunday.

Witnesses told Jonesboro police Thomas "struck a victim in the head with a chainsaw and threatened to pour gasoline on him and burn him like a crispy chicken."

The probable cause affidavit also stated that Thomas threatened to cut a one-year-old victim's throat if she moved.

"The mother of the one-year-old picked her up, which enraged Juantez Thomas," the court document said. "Thomas grabbed the one-year-old in an attempt to take her from the mother but he let go and walked off."

Officers found him a short time later and took him back to the scene where the court documents said the victims positively identified him as the suspect.

During Monday's court proceedings, Thomas questioned the judge about the allegations and the charges he faced.

Judge Fowler proceeded to read aloud the probable cause affidavit.

While the judge was determining his bond, Thomas began to grumble and use profanity, before walking away from the video camera.

Upon hearing the man's words, Judge Fowler apologized to those in the courtroom with small children then set Thomas' bond at $50,000 cash-only.

Thomas is due in circuit court for arraignment on July 27.

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