Woman arrested on suspicion she hid wanted man

BROOKLAND, Ark. – A woman who was wanted out of Ash Flat was arrested for obstructing governmental operations after telling police a fugitive they were seeking was not in her residence.

Just before 1 p.m. Friday afternoon, Craighead County Sheriff’s Office went to the 100-block of Brook Street to make contact with Mellisa R. Ince, 44. Ince had a warrant out of Ash Flat with full extradition out of Arkansas, the CCSO incident report says. Police were also searching for a wanted man, David Allen Reed, 39, of Brookland. 

Deputies spoke to Ince’s mother who truthfully told them both Ince and Reed were on the premises. When authorities spoke to Ince, she said Reed was in Jonesboro working. Several times, she reportedly told deputies Reed was not inside, insisting he was at work in Jonesboro.

One of the deputies obtained permission to search the residence, possibly from the mother, and a short time later, deputies were escoring Reed out of the home.

Ince was arrested for misdemeanor obstruction of governmental operations, along with a warrant from Ash Flat.

Reed was arrested for warrants for both felony and misdemeanor failure to appear and contempt of court for nonpayment of fines.

Both were taken to Craighead County Detention Center, where they remained as of Monday morning.

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