Traffic Stop in Jonesboro Leads to Recovery of Stolen Handguns and Arrest of Minors

JONESBORO, Ark. – A routine traffic stop over the weekend in Jonesboro took a surprising turn when officers discovered two stolen handguns and arrested multiple minors.

The incident unfolded shortly before 8 PM on September 16, near the intersection of Belt and Scott Streets. Officers Issa Akil Jahl Orday and Tanner J. Seal were on their routine patrol when they observed a vehicle traveling west on Belt with a malfunctioning headlamp on the passenger side. This minor infraction prompted them to initiate a traffic stop.

Approaching the vehicle, officers requested identification from the occupants, none of whom could provide it. During their interaction, Officer Seal noticed a handgun lying in the middle of the backseat. The officers immediately asked all occupants to exit the vehicle.

Subsequently, the juvenile suspects were handcuffed and detained while officers conducted their investigation. One of the suspects initially resisted officers but was eventually subdued. The search of the vehicle led to the discovery of two stolen handguns: a black Glock 43, loaded with a round in the chamber, located under the driver’s seat, and a black 9mm Ruger found in the back seat.

Three black male juvenile suspects were taken into custody, including one 17-year-old and two 16-year-olds. All three minors are facing charges that include theft by receiving a firearm, possession of handguns by a minor, and resisting arrest, particularly for the teen who resisted officers during the incident.

The suspects have been referred to the juvenile division for further legal proceedings.

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