Burglars bust in, beat and tie up victims

A Jonesboro Police Department patrol car. Photo by Stan Morris.

JONESBORO, Ark. – A horrifying ordeal unfolded in the early Wednesday morning hours in Jonesboro.

At about 12:48 a.m. Wednesday morning, Jonesboro police were dispatched to the 2300-block of Boydston Street about a home invasion. When Officer Paul Williams arrived, he noticed a female victim standing in the front yard, shaking and crying.

She told the officer three men had tied her and her boyfriend up, then left. A male victim had a bloody nose, busted lip and appeared to have been scratched up from a fight. When the officer asked where the two had been tied up, he was led to the kitchen.

There, he reported finding a “large pool of blood in the floor.” Near it was an extension cord with blood on it.

The male victim told officers he was in the living room when he heard a knock on the front door. He only saw a single individual when peeking out but once he opened the door, three men asked if he had any marijuana. When he said no, they shoved into the home and a struggle began. The man was taken to the kitchen, his wrists bound, and he was then blindfolded with nearby clothing.

The female victim, who was in the back bedroom during the struggle, said she came out to find three black males repeatedly striking her boyfriend in the face, asking for “guns and money.” A man with dreadlocks grabbed her and put his hand over her mouth, then bound and blindfolded her, too.

With the horrified couple bound and blinded, they heard what they believed was the suspects’ departure in a vehicle. They began untying themselves before calling police.

Detectives processed evidence at the scene and took photographs as well. It appeared the suspects stole a black 32-inch television and a Sony Playstation 4 with a Joker sticker on it.

JPD is investigating the case and suspects face felony kidnapping and residential burglary charges, along with theft charges.

If you can assist police, call Crimestoppers at 935-STOP.

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