Poplar Bluff man arrested for taking Jonesboro teen from school

Suspect worked in Pocahontas

JONESBORO, Ark. – After a regional search into late Monday night, 16-year-old Sloane Caroline Quinn was found safe early and the man she reportedly ran away with is now facing a felony charge.

Detectives with the Jonesboro Police Department received information that the vehicle seen in the video footage belonged to Keegan Bryce Tatsch, 24, of Poplar Bluff, MO. Investigators were able to determine that Tatsch was employed in Pocahontas, AR and contact with Tatsch was made at his place of employment.

Tatsch. Source: CCSO

Tatsch told Officers that he had been in contact with Sloane through a chat-based app and he drove to Jonesboro to pick her up. From there Sloane was taken to his home in Missouri and he then went to work.

A request was made of Butler County Sheriff’s Deputies to attempt to contact Sloane at Tatsch’s residence in Poplar Bluff, MO. Deputies were able to locate Sloane at the home and she was given safely back to the custody of her parents.

Tatsch was placed under arrest and charged with Interference with Custody which is a Class C Felony. Detectives are hopeful to have Tatsch in court soon for a Probable Cause Hearing.

On Monday, October 8, 2018 Officers with the Jonesboro Police Department were notified that Quinn had ran away from school property. She was recorded to the school’s camera system leaving school grounds just before 8:00 am. She was seen getting in a 2004 to 2008 black Pontiac Grand Prix.

2012 Arkansas Code
Title 5 – Criminal Offenses
Subtitle 3 – Offenses Involving Families, Dependents, Etc.
Chapter 26 – Offenses Involving The Family
Subchapter 5 – — Custody and Visitation
§ 5-26-503 – Interference with custody.

Universal Citation: AR Code § 5-26-503 (2012)

(a) A person commits the offense of interference with custody if without lawful authority he or she knowingly takes, entices, or keeps, or aids, abets, hires, or otherwise procures another person to take, entice, or keep any minor from the custody of:

(1) The parent of the minor including an unmarried woman having legal custody of an illegitimate child under § 9-10-113;

(2) The guardian of the minor;

(3) A public agency having lawful charge of the minor; or

(4) Any other lawful custodian.

(b) Interference with custody is a Class C felony.

(c) (1) In every case prior to serving a warrant for arrest on a person charged with the offense of interference with custody, the police officer or other law enforcement officer shall inform the Department of Human Services of the circumstances of any minor named in the information or indictment as having been taken, enticed, or kept from the parent, guardian, or custodian in a manner constituting interference with custody.

(2) A representative of the department shall be present with the arresting police officer or law enforcement officer to take the minor into temporary custody of the department pending further proceedings by a court of competent jurisdiction.

(d) (1) A court of competent jurisdiction shall determine the immediate custodial placement of any minor taken into custody by the department under subsection (c) of this section pursuant to a petition brought by the department to determine if there is probable cause to believe the minor may be:

(A) Removed from the jurisdiction of the court;

(B) Abandoned; or

(C) Outside the immediate care or supervision of a person lawfully entitled to custody.

(2) The court shall immediately give custody to the lawful custodian if it finds that the lawful custodian is present before the court.

(e) (1) The department shall comply with the requirements of § 9-27-312 with regard to the giving of a notice and the setting of a hearing on a petition filed under subsection (d) of this section.

(2) The department is immune from liability with respect to any conduct undertaken pursuant to this section unless it is determined that the department acted with actual malice.

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