JPD: Rape, aggravated assaults up sharply in May

JPD: Rape, aggravated assaults up sharply in May
Jonesboro Police Department (Source: Jonesboro Police Department via Facebook)

JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - The number of aggravated assaults and forcible rapes in the city of Jonesboro rose significantly during the month of May.

That’s according to the Jonesboro Police Department’s monthly report which was released Friday.

The department reported a total of 53 “crimes against persons” offenses during the month, a 56 percent increase compared to May of last year.

The number of aggravated assaults investigated rose 75 percent, from 20 to 35. Forcible rapes jumped 67 percent, from three to five.

Meanwhile property crimes saw a 1 percent decrease compared to May of 2018.

Overall crime rose 2 percent with 1,221 offenses reported, according to the data.

May’s crime rate, according to JPD, is 17 crimes per 1,000 people. Last year’s rate was 16 per 1,000.

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