Unusual traffic stop results in suspect charged with fraud

JONESBORO, Ark. – When Jonesboro officer Trayce Williams pulled over a car for running a stop sign Thursday night in the Cedar Heights area of Jonesboro, the driver confused the officer.

The stop began at 11:12 PM Thursday in the area of Johnson and State Street. First, the driver got out and began walking toward the patrol car. The officer told her to stop and get back in the vehicle. Instead, she dropped onto her knees and put her hands on top of her head. As other officers arrived at the unusual stop, the officer spoke to the driver. She said her window didn’t roll down which was why she didn’t comply with orders to stay in the vehicle.

The officer checked the license plate and it came back as stolen out of Jonesboro. After reading the driver her rights, she provided the officers with a name belonging to her sister.

Latondra S. Oneal, 47, of Jonesboro, was taken into custody for Theft by Receiving, No Liability Insurance, Failure to Obey a Stop Sign, and Failure to Register the Vehicle.

Later on Thursday morning, the detention center contacted the officer to advise they had realized the woman had provided a false name. The charges of Non-Financial Identity Fraud and Obstruction of Governmental Operations were added.

Other reports from past 24 hours

A man was accused by his wife of throwing a screwdriver at her and stating he was going to get a gun and kill her and a child in the home. Thursday night at the 500-block of Nettleton.

A male suspect unlawfully entered a female victim’s apartment, strangled the victim, and broke a television set Thursday evening on South Caraway Road, a report said.

A 60-year-old Monette woman was arrested at Kohls after being allegedly caught concealing and stealing $216 worth of clothing items. She stated she was having a hard time.

At least four bars of Almond Bark cooking chocolate was stolen from FoodSmart by two shoplifters, described as black women age 25-35, who got into a silver 2018 Hyundai Elantra and drove off Thursday night at the 2800-block of Nettleton in Jonesboro.

A suspect is alleged to have come to Great Dane Thursday evening and threatened to kill a man.

Vehicle break-ins: Wednesday night/Thursday at 2000-East Highland; Window broken, cash taken Wednesday night/Thursday at 1600-block of Angela Lee Dr.; Firearm stolen from vehicle at 1600-block of Crepe Myrtle Drive, reported Thursday;

Several stops for fictitious tags occurred in addition to the primary report above.

A 74-year-old man was scammed out of $1,000 in an undisclosed manner, he reported Thursday.

A suspect rented a room at the Day’s Inn and stole a TV. The report states the suspect’s name is Shamia Crite, of Newport.

Ex-employee reportedly came into The Southern Chef, knocked over ketchup and hot sauce bottles, and dumped a flower pot.

Several leaving the scene of accident reports were made in the past day.

Suspect cut a woman severely in the neck – almost close enough to hit an artery. Reported Thursday morning.

Vehicle reported stolen out of driveway Wednesday night at 3400-block of Race Street.

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