Blade-wielding meth suspect returns a day later – and is arrested

JONESBORO, Ark. – A man who was suspected of using meth and accused of threatening others with a sword returned to the same neighborhood less than a day later and was arrested, police said.

At about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday night, May 9, Jonesboro police were sent back to the 1200-block of Rainwood where they had canvassed the neighborhood early that morning to find a suspect, Heith Jonathan Raymond, 41, of Trumann. NEA Report detailed the first evening’s bizarre events in a story here. 

The resident said she and another had just returned home from a quick trip to the store when they found Raymond walking from the residence. She stated a verbal altercation quickly escalated to Raymond pulling not one – but two small pocket knives and allegedly making threatening gestures at the victims.

When the victim took shelter inside of the residence, she said Raymond walked to their vehicles and began slashing the tires. All four tires on one vehicle and at least one on another were observed slashed by police.

The resident said Raymond then stole her bike and fled.

From Monday night’s incident. Photo by Stan Morris, NEA Report

Around this time, K-9 Officer Austin Morgan noticed Raymond on a bike matching Raymond’s description. Raymond ditched the bike and fled on foot. A perimeter was once again set up in the neighborhood but unlike the night before, Raymond couldn’t get away this time.

He was found in an outside storage closet of the abandoned duplex rentals at Nettleton and Overhill. He was taken into custody without incident. After officers searched Raymond, he was found with a set of fixed blade knives, a folding Smith and Wesson knife and a bag of unused syringes.

And just as the resident suspected a day before, Raymond was found with her stolen gold wedding band.

Raymond complained of injuries and was taken to St. Bernard’s Medical Center for treatment. He was released and taken to Craighead County Detention Center, where he remains, to face charges including:

  • Aggravated Assault (felony)
  • Criminal Mischief (misd)
  • Fleeing (misd)
  • Carrying a Weapon (misd)
  • Possessing Instruments of a Crime (misd)
  • Criminal Trespassing (misd)
  • Theft, Less than $1000 (misd)
  • Absconding (felony)
  • Probation Violation (felony)
  • Non-Payment of Fines (misd)

He also had an out-of-town warrant from Trumann.

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