Jonesboro Man Arrested for Threatening Murder, Gang Violence

JONESBORO, Ark. – Over the weekend, a Jonesboro man was apprehended by police for allegedly threatening to murder his father and instructing gang members to shoot up their residence.

The incident took place around 12:10 PM on July 29 in the 1800-block of Countryview Circle, Jonesboro. The man and his father were involved in a heated argument, according to the Probable Cause affidavit obtained by the Jonesboro Sun. The father reportedly asked his son, identified as John Carl Bezek, 19, to leave the premises. In response, Bezek allegedly retrieved a knife from his backpack and threatened to kill his father and incite gang members to attack their house.

Police arrested Bezek shortly after as he was seen walking along the road.

Bezek has been charged with first-degree terroristic threatening, a felony. A bond of $25,000 was set for his release, and he has been ordered to undergo a mental health screening. His next court date is slated for September 28.

Court records show a similar incident has happened before. Bezek previously was charged with felony terroristic threatening in Pulaski County Circuit Court. On December 14, 2022, after a guilty plea, he was sentenced to 18 months probation, fined $1,000, and ordered to attend anger management classes. He also was sentenced to a 212-day jail sentence with credit for 92 days served.

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