Pocahontas police investigate alleged terroristic threat

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

POCAHONTAS, Ark. – Authorities in Randolph County have been searching for a man who was reported to have made threats against several businesses in the community.

In a release, Pocahontas police said they were notified Monday by a local staffing agency they had received a phone call from an individual stating that they were going to “shoot” up Peco and then go to the staffing agency and “shoot” it up, too. 

Pocahontas Mayor Kary Story confirmed police were searching for a man whom had reportedly made threats against several businesses. Story also said police had gone door-to-door at a set of apartments to discuss the alleged incident with others. As of 10:45 a.m., Story was unaware of any arrests. He was unaware of the name of the suspect.

Police Chief Cecil Tackett said in a release his department responded to the areas under threat as well as where it was believed the call originated from. Police are still trying to locate the person of interest, whose name was not released.

The suspect could face a terroristic threatening charge if the investigation determines he made the alleged threat.

Update: An arrest has been made. 

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