JPD works numerous serious felonies Wednesday and Thursday, reports show

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

JONESBORO, Ark. – Crime reports released Wednesday and Thursday by the Jonesboro Police Department range from aggravated robbery to murder.

Financial identity fraud continues to be a problem for residents of Craighead County and Jonesboro, a litany of reports released by both the sheriff’s department and the police department in Jonesboro show. Dozens each day are filed in Jonesboro, at least.

Meghanas Millard Gatling, 40, of Jonesboro, was arrested Tuesday morning at the 1200-block of North Patrick with a felony warrant. Several additional charges including tampering with evidence were added during the arrest.

A report filed on Tuesday afternoon indicated a suspect scammed a victim out of approximately $72,000. However, no details about the incident were visible in the report. It began around April 28, the report said.

A man came to the desk of JPD Tuesday to report that he believed people are manipulating his brain waves and affecting his dreams.

Several reports this week have been filed about accidents where one party left the scene, which is a misdemeanor.

During an afternoon traffic stop Tuesday at the 400-block of East Johnson, Heather R. Howe, 33, of Paragould was arrested for felony drug possession with intent to deliver (meth and pills). The report also indicated a felony bench warrant on the suspect as well as a felony absconding charge.

A report filed a short time after midnight Wednesday morning indicated a woman was arrested for threatening to kill a victim with a knife, allegedly pointing it at her during the dispute.

An aggravated robbery reported early Wednesday at the intersection of Hickory and Church (the initial report said Main and Bradley, but that was corrected later in the day by family, a detective noted). Between 1:00 AM and 1:30 AM, a suspect pointed a gun at the victim, hit the victim with the gun and stole a bag from the victim. The suspect then ran eastbound down Hickory. No arrests have been made.

Murder on N. Fisher

The Wednesday morning murder case at the 100-block of North Fisher Street was detailed in a report released Wednesday. The initial 911 call was at 8:09 AM Wednesday. An ASU officer made the report of a Hispanic male laying in an open doorway. Officers arrived and had him stay back while they secured the scene.

Four witnesses, including a 12-year-old girl, were listed in the report. Rosario Vela, 61, of Cash, was arrested at his home at 11:46 AM from a warrant. He was unarmed at the time of his arrest. His court date is September 28, 8:30 AM. Gonzalo Mazariego Ramos, 49, of Jonesboro, was the victim.

Thefts of catalytic converters continue with yet another church being targeted, a report revealed this week.

A call from a woman saying she needed help – and then hanging up – sent authorities to Willowcreek Wednesday afternoon. The report said the incident, between 12:30 PM and 1:54 PM, involved a 32-year-old man punching a female victim. He was arrested on charges of misdemeanor battery, felony endangering the welfare of a minor, felony terroristic threatening, and misdemeanor resisting arrest.

A report indicated a burglary Wednesday morning at the 400-block of Calion Street where a suspect forced entry into a home, attacked the victim, and stole several items.

A man pulled over for speeding around 4 PM Wednesday at Fairfield and Meador was found to have a loaded handgun – and be prohibited from having firearms. He was arrested.

A 10-year-old was allegedly sexually solicited by an adult while playing an online video game Wednesday, a report said.



  1. Thanks. Good to see the crime reports back, sad to see things have only changed for the worse but we all need to know about this stuff in order to know we need to be ready to defend and protect ourselves.

  2. Looks like we don’t even need the Chinese to kill us all off. The Ark. Attorney General sent out a warning the yellow devils are sending packets of seeds to Arkansans now, unidentified but thought to be an invasive, destructive attempt to kill everybody their China virus didn’t get. Before that it was poison baby formula, poison wheat protein for our pets’ food, antifreeze in toothpaste, poison milk solids in the Cadbury candies. Looks like they want war.

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