JONESBORO, Ark. – About an hour after President-elect Donald J. Trump’s press conference Wednesday morning, a man was arrested for aggravated assault while claiming to work for the President of the United States in Jonesboro, a report said.
At 11:15 a.m., police in Jonesboro were dispatched to the 600-block of West Nettleton Avenue about a subject with a knife yelling at people. When they arrived, Officer John Shipman had found the suspect matching the description given by dispatch – a white man wearing a tan coat, named Cody Eakes, 24, of Jonesboro, the incident report from JPD says.
The report says Eakes was out front of a convenience store, yelling at people. The owner of the store told him to go away but that’s when Eakes allegedly pulled out a knife, pointed it at the owner, and said, “I’m going to gut you like a pig.” A witness corrorborated the owner’s version of the story to Officer John Eidson, Jr., who also remarked about the suspect’s behavior.
“The subject was talking about the President and not making any sense,” reported Eidson.
Eakes was not listening to commands, police reported, but were able to handcuff him without any problems.
“He was obviously under the influence of some type of mind altering drug or suffering from a mental illness, due to his manner of speech and demeanor,” Shipman reported. “His pupils were extremely enlraged and he was sweating heavily.”
But Eakes continued giving officers an earful to report.
“Eakes was talking very rapidly and making remarks about working for the President and that he was in the CIA,” Shipman reported. “Eakes also stated that he was a professional hit man.”
Eakes was searched and a knife was found along with a hammer in his pockets.
He was arrested for felony aggravated assault and transported to Craighead County Detention Center for a mental health evaluation.