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TRUMANN, Ark. – A home invasion in Trumann last week which nearly resulted in the murder of a 15-year-old girl was a targeted incident and has also led to the discovery of a ring of narcotic sales including opioids, the police chief said in an update Friday afternoon. More arrests are expected.
Chief of Police Chad Henson wrote this update on Facebook and posted it to the public Friday.
Seth Mullins of Bay was arrested without incident for the shooting of a 15-year-old Trumann girl during a home invasion last week. Based on the statements from multiple witnesses, evidence collected through cell phone records, and from our eye-witness and “Rock-star witness” Mia, this department believes this was a targeted invasion. For now, we will leave this part of the investigation vague and we will present our case in court at a later date.
In the very near future this department plans to present our case with one person charged with Attempted 1st degree Murder (Mullins) and multiple defendants who are soon to be arrested in a conspiracy to distribute and purchase prescription pills without a prescription, steroids, and marijuana. Evidence collected through this shooting investigation has led to multiple people being implicated in a ring of narcotic sales that simply will not be tolerated any longer. Multiple witnesses in our community have come forward in the past few days solely because a young girl was shot. They fear for her safety and the for their community. We have listened and we will act accordingly.
I have witnessed countless officers from Trumann PD, Poinsett County Sheriff’s Office, Arkansas Game and Fish, and Arkansas State Police canvas and search muddy fields and ditch rows in Trumann, Poinsett County, Bay, and Craighead County looking for evidence from the shooting. I witnessed the officers give up their days off, take time away from their families, and miss birthdays – all for Mia. I am so full of pride from their relentless pursuit that I could pop. I have been in awe multiple times this year from their professionalism and never-quit attitude, but none more than this past week. They simply did not sleep or give up!
Thank you to Central Trumann Ford for cooking for us today and saying thank you. Thank you to the countless witnesses and tipsters who helped close this case. Thank you to the professional law enforcement we have in Poinsett County. Thank you for the teachers and counselors who called (and always call when it involves a TSD kiddo). Thank you to our city administrators who give us the opportunity to serve. Thank you Mia for being so incredibly strong and courageous!
Mia, you are the epitome of “In Valor There Is Hope”.
We are not done yet. Citizens, if you see something, say something. You are not wasting my time nor this department’s time by telling us that someone is selling drugs. Don’t let something as severe as another child being shot before you finally speak up. We cannot be a victim any longer to this terrible opioid epidemic. Lives are being destroyed; this past week is all the proof we need. Let’s come together and show the rest of the state how it’s done.
Chief Chad Henson
On Monday afternoon, #MIASTRONG began showing up on social media to show support for the girl who has gone through an unspeakably scary event. Several fundraisers are currently being planned for the girl.
- At Unico Bank, an account has been set up. A bank representative confirmed this to NEA Report and said donors can ask for the account “for Mia” to make a donation.
- At Stitch & Screen, a web-store is being set up to sell light blue shirts featuring #MIASTRONG on the front. Funds raised through this shirt will be donated to Unico Bank’s fundraising account. Once the store is finished, we will add the link to this.
- A GoFundMe page has also been set up for Mia, which you can click here to visit.