Juvenile Suspects Arrested for Threatening Victims with Gun in Jonesboro

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

JONESBORO, Ark. – Two juvenile suspects were taken into custody after allegedly brandishing a firearm and threatening to kill victims in an incident in Jonesboro, according to police reports.

The incident occurred around 9:24 PM on July 24 at a location in Jonesboro, the details of which have been masked in the police report. Officers responded to a call reporting a man with a firearm. There were fourteen witnesses to the incident, most of whom were under ten years of age, with at least two adults also present.

The report states that the incident originated from a juvenile gang argument, culminating in a 16-year-old black male suspect displaying a handgun. He was accompanied by a 14-year-old black male suspect, who was also charged in connection with the incident. The intended victim, a 16-year-old white male, was not injured.

Both suspects were arrested around 4:35 AM on July 25 at a residential address.

Though the report is largely redacted due to its investigative status, it indicates that the suspects were referred to the juvenile division for prosecution on charges including aggravated assault and first degree terroristic threatening, both of which are felonies.

This case highlights ongoing concerns about juvenile crime in the area.

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