JONESBORO, Ark. – A woman was the victim of a terrifying attack from her jealous ex-boyfriend before another man bashed the attacker’s head with a flashlight and sent him fleeing.
The insanity occurred after 6 p.m. Wednesday night at the 3700-block of Oak Leaf Circle in Jonesboro – the home of the female victim. Jonesboro Police Department was dispatched at about 6:20 p.m. and arrived to find the victim with bite marks on her face.
As the woman’s ex-husband was leaving with their children, she said she heard banging on the carport door. Suddenly, the door came crashing open which is when she said her ex-boyfriend, Sean Gardner, 39, of Jonesboro, stormed in.
Gardner then attacked her, grabbed her by the throat, and tossed her onto a bean bag chair in the living room, the report states, before he started biting her on the side of the face and yelling that he was going to kill her.
Outside of the home, the woman’s ex-husband was fortunately still present. With Gardner actually blocking his vehicle into the driveway, children still present, the ex-husband got out of the vehicle and ran after Gardner into the home. He took a flashlight with him from his car, which was about to help the crazed suspect see the light – or at least, see stars.
The ex-husband said he saw Gardner on top of the victim choking and biting her. That is when he ran over and slammed the flashlight into Gardner’s skull several times. The suspect later said it knocked him out. With the suspect dazed, he then attacked the ex-husband, who said he placed him in a chokehold until he started to “gurgle,” with Gardner saying he’s done.
Gardner ran out of the house, leaving blood spattered all over the bean bag, the floor, and the victim.
Authorities made contact with and arrested Gardner at his home at the 900-block of North Caraway Road. He was taken to the hospital, getting 16 staples in his head, before being transported to Craighead County Detention Center, where he was booked on charges of residential burglary and domestic battery in the third degree, a misdemeanor.
Thursday, Detective Keri Varner spoke with Gardner, who waved right to counsel and agreed to speak to the detective.
“Gardner went on to say that her and Amie had been in a long term relationship and had recently split up,” Varner reported. “He stated that she had been telling him that they would work on their relationship but he was hearing that she was seeing his best friend and was very upset about it. He went on to say that he went over to her house, after having a few drinks, and knew that he ex husband was there and even blocked his vehicle in. When asked about the drinking, he stated that had consumed a few drinks but knew what he was doing.”
The detective said Gardner admitted forcing the door open and grabbing her by the throat because he was so mad. When asked if he would have stopped before killing her, he said he “would want to say yes, that he would have stopped, but he was so enraged.”
After he left the home, Gardner had to be coaxed by detectives into returning to his own residence. He said he didn’t want his three children, of which he is a single father, involved.
A no contact order was placed on Gardner. He was released from Craighead County Detention Center at 3:24 p.m. Thursday afternoon.