Report: Sword-wielding meth suspect wanted by police

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JONESBORO, Ark. – City and county authorities converged in west Jonesboro early Tuesday after a man was accused of assaulting a woman and threatening another victim with a sword.

Several units responded at 12:40 a.m. Tuesday to the 1200-block of Rainwood Drive in reference to an assault which had already occurred. A perimeter was set up and a search followed. The female resident, 39, said Heith Jonathan Raymond, 41, of Trumann, had been staying at her residence for the past week and although there was no intimate relationship with Raymond, the victim claimed, he had chased her boyfriend off. She said she had been trying to get him out of her home.

The resident said around 10 p.m. the night before, she got into an argument with Raymond and he slapped her in the face. She said she didn’t call police but called her friends. The suspect left after this and she said communicated he would return and cut all tires to the vehicles parked at her residence. The report says Raymond returned around midnight and broke a security surveillance camera located on the front window of the residence. The two friends, along with the alleged victim, went outside to confront Raymond but they say he threatened to harm them with a “long knife,” also described later in the report by officers as a sword.

However, the two friends were armed with a flash light and an axe, as the report details. One of the friends then said Raymond lunged with the blade as though he would swing but didn’t and fled the yard, running down the street toward Nettleton Avenue – around Dupwe Drive.

Finally, they decided to call the police.

When authorities arrived, they thought they saw the suspect running and set up a perimeter circle. A sword with a black and red handle was located in the backyard. The resident said it was her ex-boyfriend’s. It was logged into evidence.

The resident said she suspects Raymond had stolen her gold and diamond ring and she also believed he might be using methamphetamine.

NEA Report arrived at the scene and took several photos while police canvassed the neighborhood for the man.

Police were unable to locate the suspect but are still looking for him. He’s wanted out of Trumann, as well, on a failure to appear charge. He showed to be an absconder through his probation officer, the police report said.

Raymond was last seen wearing a white muscle t-shirt and jeans while on foot toward the Dupwe/Nettleton Avenue area. He is white, age 41, about 5’10” with brown eyes, brown hair and weighing about 180 pounds.

If you know anything which could help police, you may call the Jonesboro Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division at (870) 935-6710 or Crime Stoppers at (870) 935-7867 (935-STOP.)


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