Chinese restaurant break-in leads to chase, arrest

Jonesboro, Ark. – An alarm quickly led authorities to arresting a suspect in an attempted break-in early Monday in Jonesboro.

Officers responded at 12:37 AM December 5 to the China Buffet, 1137 S. Caraway Road where a glass break alarm had been tripped. Police arrived at the same time as the owners and found a shattered exterior glass window on the north side. A broken alcohol bottle was found at the scene, possibly used in the attempted break-in, police said. Some broken tree limbs were also located nearby.

As the officer was about to get a statement from the owner, the owner ran to the police car while pointing at the west side of the building. An individual was located but began to walk away. As the officer approached him, identified himself and asked the man to stop, he fled. A chase began with the officer radioing a description. Others responded, including a K9 officer.

The K9 officer deployed the dog and the suspect was located a short time later. However, he would not pull his hands out from under his body as the officer shouted commands to. The officer deployed the dog on him and after a few seconds, took the K9 off to place him under arrest.

Carlos Gonzales, 27, listed as homeless, was arrested. The report stated he apparently does not speak English. After speaking to a bilingual officer, the suspect said he arrived in the United States from Mexico approximately one month ago, is currently homeless, and does not have any legal passport, visa, green card or state ID.

Gonzales was checked for injuries and found to only have scratches, the officers reported. After being checked at a local hospital, he was taken to Craighead County Detention Center and booked on charges including first degree criminal mischief with less than $1,000 in damage and fleeing, both misdemeanors.

Gonzales. Source: CCSO

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