Marshals find stolen gun during warrant arrest; Unemployment fraud; Plus other reports released Tuesday and Wednesday in Jonesboro

JONESBORO, Ark. – A stolen rifle from a local pawn shop was recovered on Monday during a warrant arrest by US Marshals.

A man was forcefully arrested on Monday by US Marshals East Arkansas Fugitive Task Force members in Jonesboro. Benjamin D. Scott, 26, was located outside of his residence between 3 and 4 PM. An officer told him he had a warrant for his arrest and to step out of the vehicle but Scott refused, the report said.

I grabbed him by the arm and forcefully pulled him from the vehicle,” reported Investigator Josh Landreth. “He was then placed in handcuffs.”

After searching the nearby residence, authorities found a stolen Hi Point 9mm Carbine from United Pawn. It was loaded with 19 rounds of ammunition.

Scott was arrested on felony charges of theft by receiving a firearm and possession of a firearm by certain persons, in addition to his warrant and various other misdemeanor charges.


Unemployment fraud

A woman reported her identity stolen in an attempt to gain unemployment between June 8 and June 15 in Jonesboro – but she’s far from the only one.

The same thing happened to another woman in a report filed later in the day on Monday. And others too. A total of twelve reports for unemployment fraud were grouped together by police.

The unknown suspects are apparently using victim’s information to apply for unemployment benefits.

Many of the victims learned of this while having active employment.

JPD is investigating.


Reports released Tuesday

At about 5 PM on Monday, police responded to the 5300-block of Johnwood where a woman said she witnessed two white males fighting and heard a gunshot go off. No arrests.

A woman reported her identity stolen in an attempt to gain unemployment between June 8 and June 15. The same thing happened to another woman in a report filed later in the day. A total of twelve reports for unemployment fraud were grouped together by police.

A male alleged that his wife hit him with a frying pan during the 9 AM hour Monday morning in Jonesboro. No arrests.

A “Secret Shopper” recruiter appeared to be trying to scam a woman who said she was sent a fraudulent check, a report on Monday said. She didn’t fall for it.

Two suspects got into a fight around 2 PM at the 400-block of E. Allen on Monday in which a knife was pulled. One man alleged he was stabbed in the head but the responding officer could not see a cut. It was a misdemeanor report with no arrests.

A Chevy Impala was stolen from Central Buick GMC on Friday, June 12. Police have released photos asking for the public’s help and have also indicated they may have an identity on the man.

A residential burglary was reported Tuesday morning at the 800-block of Gloucester Close Cove.


Reports released Wednesday

Someone stole a gray 2020 Chevy Malibu from Hertz between May 28 and June 1, a report on Tuesday said.

Police responded around 11 AM to the 1400-block of West Huntington on Tuesday to a call where two women allegedly threatened each other with weapons. No arrests were made.

The Jonesboro police took a report Tuesday afternoon at a masked location in Jonesboro for terroristic threatening and sexual indecency with a child. A 51-year-old male was reportedly sending inappropriate messages to a young girl. The case is being investigated.

A vehicle ran through the entrance gate to an apartment complex sometime after 6 PM Tuesday at the 1700-block of Arch Street in Jonesboro. The gate was destroyed causing $13,000 in damage. Kyle Wesley Hinson, 26, was arrested for felony criminal mischief. Apparently, after he was placed in handcuffs, his girlfriend struck him in the face. She was then arrested for misdemeanor assault.

An aggravated assault report was made shortly before 10 PM Tuesday at the 600-block of Stratford Drive where a suspect allegedly pointed a weapon at a victim and threatened to shoot him. No arrests were made.

 



1 Comment

  1. I really want you all to look into that case concerning Ben Scott. He has been harassed by JPD for weeks prior to his arrest. JPD is doing everything in their power to break this man. SMDH

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