Report: Suspect hid Xanaxs in baby's diaper

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

JONESBORO, Ark. – A man said his aunt was “flippin” out for no reason but the reason she told authorities she was angry was far from inconsequential.

The report begins around 12:55 a.m. Tuesday morning, March 28. Jonesboro Police Department Officer Zachary Mcquay was traveling south on Caraway Road, approaching Motel 6 at the 2300-block, when he noticed a white male – Nathan Cooper, 19, of Jonesboro – briskly walking in the parking lot. Cooper had his shirt off, the report said. As the officer went to make contact with the shirtless man, he and two others looked at him and took off running. The other two were later identified as Ashley Elizabeth Arnoult, 20, of Jonesboro, and Devon Lee Tipton, 20, of Jonesboro, the report said. 

The officer caught up to Arnoult and Cooper. Cooper told the officer his aunt was “flippin” out for no reason. Although the report does not specify, all parties were in the same vicinity based on the narrative. The officer went to speak with the aunt who had been “flippin.” That’s when the report said Cooper and Arnoult got into a blue GMC truck and left the area.

With the suspects fleeing, the officer notified other units and continued speaking to the aunt. She said Cooper placed a small baggie with Xanax pills in front of her 3-year-old son’s diaper. That’s when she said she became very angry and was screaming. The officer seized the pills.

Meanwhile, the fleeing couple were stopped near the intersection of Nettleton and Terrace. Cooper had slurred speech, was swaying and smelled of liquor. He blew a 0.159, almost twice the legal limit, on a portable breathalyzer.

Cooper was arrested for minor in possession of alcohol. Arnoult was arrested for fleeing on foot. Both were taken to Craighead County Detention Center.

17 Xanax pills were logged into evidence to be destroyed.

Tipton evaded police but is wanted for fleeing.

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