Crime on Commute

Jonesboro, AR (KAIT) -- Last summer, Jonesboro Police were involved in a high speed chase that led them to Memphis.  Police believe the suspect, Demicko Smith, was involved in several area pharmacy break-ins.  Fast forward several months, Marcus Antonio Smith, the man Jonesboro police say shot and killed a 19-year-old man, was arrested in Memphis and extradited back to Jonesboro.  Last month, police say Jayce Addison also of Memphis, robbed a Jonesboro Sonic at gunpoint.

"When we have suspects who are from Memphis and go back to Memphis, it does make our job a little bit more difficult," said Jonesboro Police Department Detective, Mike Branscum.

Detective Branscum says JPD is seeing an influx of suspects from Memphis and Shelby County. He says sometimes suspects think they'll have an easier chance of flying under police radar, but Branscum says that's not the case.

"We try to prosecute these people as best as we can that do come in from other cities and states to commit crimes," said Branscum.

The city's size can make it difficult to find suspects who flee to Memphis. Even if JPD can't be there to find their suspects, there are other resources that can get the job done.

"Memphis has been very cooperative with us. They also have a fugitive task force over there that only deals with warrants and people that are seeking to have warrants issues.  They have been very helpful to us as well as the U.S Marshall Service," said Branscum.