Indiana fugitive wanted for fraud found in Jonesboro

JONESBORO, Ark. – A man who has been on the run from authorities for years was arrested Tuesday in Jonesboro.

Dwight D. Mashburn, Jr., 41, of Montery, Indiana, was arrested by Jonesboro Police Department on Tuesday but his story begins years ago.

On November 17, 2014, the LaPorte County Sheriff’s Office out of Indiana named Mashburn their fugitive of the week. At the time, he was wanted for five separate incidents of home improvement fraud. Four of the charges were class D felonies and one a class B misdemeanor. Mashburn also was wanted for conversion and check deception, both class A misdemeanors, and battery resulting in bodily injury to a person less than 14 years of age. 

Mashburn was known to operate a tree trimming company, Triple A, in LaPorte County, a document obtained from the sheriff’s office showed. Authorities said he used the company as a means to defraud his customers by charging for services up front that are then never performed.

“Mashburn has committed several acts of Home Improvement Fraud in our community and continues to prey upon our residents,” Sgt. Harlan Williams, Commander of the LaPorte County Warrants Division said in 2014. “We are seeking the public’s help to stop his activities and place him into custody so that his victim’s may be able to recoup some of their losses.”


On November 24, 2014, Mashburn was arrested. However, on October 6, 2016, police say Mashburn intentionally or knowingly violated his home detention order. Evidently, he made his way to northeast Arkansas to evade authorities – but that ended Tuesday afternoon, April 11, 2017.

Just before 4 p.m., officers located Mashburn at the 3100-block of Race Street. A resident answered the door when police arrived and while talking to him, Mashburn walked out of the home, the report says. Police advised him to place his hands behind his back and arrested him.

He was transported to Craighead County Detention Center, where a hold was placed on him per the State of Indiana.

Dwight Mashburn (most wanted poster)

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