Forrest City Police Department

  • Agency: Forrest City Police Department
  • Address: 225 North Rosser, Forrest City, 72335 AR
  • Chief: (Chief of Police)

Forrest City Police Department is located at 225 North Rosser, Forrest City, 72335 AR. The Forrest City Police Department phone number is 870-633-3434.

Forrest City Police Department News

PRESS RELEASE Forrest City Police Department * 225 North Rosser St * Forrest City, Arkansas 72335 For Immediate Release Date: October 20, 2017 Contact: Lt. Eric C. Varner Phone: (870) 633-3434 *Capital Murder* On October 18th, 2017 at approximately 1146 hours, officer responded to a report of a deceased individual. Upon their arrival to 221 Wolf Street they discovered three individuals deceased from apparent gunshot wounds inside the apartment. The victims were 38 years old, 9 years old, 6 years old and all female. Officers were able to identify a suspect, Cordale Stacy, by witnesses at the scene. The mother of Cordale Stacy was able to get him to turn himself in at the Forrest City Police Department. After evidence was collected and interviews were conducted, Cordale Stacy was formally charged with three counts of capital murder, possession of firearms by certain persons, and committing a felony with a firearm. Cordale Stacy is currently being held at the St. Francis County Jail without bond and is scheduled for his first court appearance on October 20th, 2017 at 1300 hours. The Forrest City Police Department will not be releasing the names of the victims to the public out of respect to family members that may not have been contacted as of the time of this press release. Chief Lee “Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of these victims as we send our deepest condolences to their loved ones. I would like to thank the witnesses that came forward, that understood that there is no excuse for what this individual did to these precious children and their mother. Our community is deeply saddened by this unfathomable crime but we ask that everyone respect the privacy of the victims family during this difficult time. I would also like to thank all officers that responded to and that are currently working this investigation for their continued professionalism. I understand the great amount of stress that comes with working a incident of this nature and want each of them to know that they have my continued support. ”

On October 3rd, 2017 Officer Scott Samuelson was recognized as the Officer of the Year for the county of St. Francis. Each year, the Arkansas Attorney General recognizes the top officer for each of the 75 counties in Arkansas. On behalf of the Forrest City Police Department, we would like to thank Patrolman Scott Samuelson for his dedication and services rendered to the citizens of Forrest City.

PRESS RELEASE Forrest City Police Department * 225 North Rosser St * Forrest City, Arkansas 72335 For Immediate Release Date: October 2, 2017 Contact: Lt. Eric C. Varner Phone: (870) 633-3434 *Shooting* On October 2nd, 2017 at approximately 0321 hours, officers responded to a report of a male throwing rocks at a building. Upon the arrival of officers, they discovered Benny Word had been shot in the chest. After rendering aid, Mr. Word identified Jerry Tobar as the shooter. Officers located Mr. Tobar at 1101 S. Rosser Street and he tentatively admitted to shooting Mr. Word. Officers recovered a .22 caliber rifle from Mr. Tobar that was identified as the rifle used. Mr. Word was transported to Reginal One Medical Center for treatment of his injuries. As of the time of this release, Mr. Word is listed in serious condition. After speaking to witnesses and Mr. Tobar at the Forrest City Police Department, a decision was made to charge Mr. Tobar and he was transported to the St. Francis County Jail where he is currently awaiting arraignment. Chief Lee “I would like to say thank you to the first responding officers for tending to Mr. Words injuries and getting him medical attention. I would also like to thank these officers that put themselves in harm’s way to bring Mr. Tobar to justice. We understand that there may be more to this case than what meets the eye. However, anytime someone is shot there are answers that must be answered before the courts. As of this time the current evidence shows a violation of Arkansas State Law. Please keep all the individuals involved in this incident in your prayers. ”

PRESS RELEASE Forrest City Police Department * 225 North Rosser St * Forrest City, Arkansas 72335 For Immediate Release Date: September 29, 2017 Contact: Lt. Eric C. Varner Phone: (870) 633-3434 *Commercial Burglary Arrest* On September 28th, 2017 0945 hours officers responded to a commercial burglary at Forrest City Firearms. Officers discovered that a male, later identified as Jamal Golatt, had come into the store with a handful of ammunition and matched it to a Glock 17 9mm. Mr. Golatt then asked to see the gun and presented a bogus bank card to purchase the firearm. Mr. Golatt then grabbed the gun and ran out of the store. After reviewing the camera system, officers were able to identify the suspect as Jamal Golatt. A street Crime Detective with knowledge of Jamal Golatt’s residence was able to secure a search warrant for the location. Detectives, accompanied by patrol officers, descended upon the residence and effectively made entry through the front security door. A search revealed the stolen 9mm handgun and Mr. Golatt was taken into custody without further incident. Chief Lee “I would like to thank the patrol officers that worked quickly to identify Mr. Golatt. I would also like to thank the detectives and patrol officers that were able to safely bring Mr. Golatt to justice before the firearm could have been used in the commission of another crime. It is my hope that Mr. Golatt will turn away from this path of crime and rehabilitate himself to become a productive citizen within our community.”

PRESS RELEASE Forrest City Police Department * 225 North Rosser St * Forrest City, Arkansas 72335 For Immediate Release Date: September 22, 2017 Contact: Lt. Eric C. Varner Phone: (870) 633-3434 *Operation Rock Island Rooster* During the months of August and September the Forrest City Police Department received multiple complaints of narcotic sales in the area of Franklin Avenue. Rock Island Rooster got off to a bumpy start as community members complained of multiple areas of concern during the early part of the investigation. During the observation stage of the investigation, Street Crime Detectives identified 823 W. Franklin as the residence of greatest concern. Detectives received information that this residence was used to operate an illegal gambling ring and the illicit narcotic sales. Detectives implemented a plan to execute a search warrant on September 21st, 2017 under the cover of darkness. At approximately 2314 hours, the Forrest City Police Department’s Special Response Team, made a dynamic entry into the residence where they encountered six (6) individuals. A search of the residence yielded crack cocaine, powder cocaine, marijuana, drug paraphernalia, and a loaded .22 caliber semi-automatic pistol. Chief Lee “I would like to graciously thank the citizens that worked with our department during the early parts of this operation. Thank you for your support and continued faith in the department to help your community. It has been communicated to my office that the Franklin Avenue area is a problem area and the Forrest City Police Department will do it’s best to clean up this neighborhood. Anyone with information about areas of concern are asked to contact Crime Stoppers at (870)261-1499 and simply state that you have a crime stoppers tip. All calls are confidential and tipster’s information that leads to a conviction can receive a reward up to a thousand dollars.”

PRESS RELEASE Forrest City Police Department * 225 North Rosser St * Forrest City, Arkansas 72335 For Immediate Release Date: September 5, 2017 Contact: Lt. Eric C. Varner Phone: (870) 633-3434 *Aggravated Residential Burglary Arrest* On September 4th, 2017 at approximately 1316 hours, officers responded to a report of an aggravated residential burglary at 935 Driftwood. A female at the residence stated that she heard a knock at the door and when she opened the door she was met by a male pointing a gun in her face. The female went on to state that the male holding the gun held her down on the ground, while another male went through the house and gathered items. The female stated that the males took an XBOX, Playstation 4, miscellaneous games, and a white Samsung Phone. The female gave a description and stated that they were wearing monkey masks. After the report was taken, Criminal Investigation Detectives began working the case immediately. During that process another call came into the police department stating that a male was shooting at kids in the same area. Patrol Officers and Special Investigators arrived to the area simultaneously and discovered that Raheem Garry was the male that shot at three females from 935 Driftwood. The females stated they recognized one of the males from the burglary at 929 Driftwood and as they spoke Raheem pulled out a gun and began shooting. After Raheem finally came to the door, a search warrant was obtained and executed at the residence of 929 Driftwood. A loaded 9mm Jimenez Handgun was located inside the residence. After interviews were conducted at the Forrest City Police Department, a search warrant was obtained and a search of 842 Woodale and 835 Woodale were conducted at approximately 2145 hours. During that search stolen items and clothing used in the robbery were obtained as evidence. Raheem Garry (19 of Forrest City) and Scott Logan Jr. (19 of Forrest City) were both arrested on the following charges: Aggravated Residential a class Y felony and Kidnapping a class B felony. Raheem Garry will have additional charges of Aggravated Assault a class D felony (2 counts) Committing a Terroristic Act a class B felony, and Discharging a Firearm in City Limits a violation of city ordinance. One suspect is still being sought in relation to the aggravated residential burglary. Chief Lee “First, I would like to say that our prayers are with the victims as they recover from this traumatic event. This was a senseless act of violence committed by a next door neighbor that should have been a trusted community member that would help prevent these types of attacks on a neighborhood. However, we are faced with a harsh reality that sometimes the attacker stays next door. I also pray that these young men will rehabilitate themselves and leave this path of crime alone in the future. I would like to thank the patrol division for their speedy response and the Criminal Investigation Division for their hard work in solving this atrocious crime. ”

PRESS RELEASE Forrest City Police Department * 225 North Rosser St * Forrest City, Arkansas 72335 For Immediate Release Date: August 23, 2017 Contact: Lt. Eric C. Varner Phone: (870) 633-3434 *Arrest * On August 21st, 2017 at approximately 2140 hours Officers responded to a report of a masked male entering Taco Bell and taking $1,296.00 from the manager’s desk. During the investigation, the male was identified as Joshua Woodard, an employee that had just left the store a few hours earlier due to labor costs. The following day, Joshua Woodard was questioned at the Forrest City Police Department prior to being charged with commercial burglary and theft of property over $1,000.00. Joshua Woodard is currently being held at the St. Francis County Jail, awaiting his first court appearance on August 23rd, 2017 at 1300 hours. Chief Lee “I am pleased that Joshua Woodard was arrested within the first 24 hours after this incident was reported and prior to him being able to commit more of these crimes. It is my hope that he rehabilitates himself to become a productive citizen. I understand that some people may take issue with the charges listed for this crime. However, we are bound by the law to enforce what is written and not based on personal feelings. While we agree in feeling like this is a robbery, the facts in the case do not meet the parameters for that Arkansas State Statute. Nonetheless, the facts do fit the criteria for commercial burglary and theft of property.”

PRESS RELEASE Forrest City Police Department * 225 North Rosser St * Forrest City, Arkansas 72335 For Immediate Release Date: August 21, 2017 Contact: Lt. Eric C. Varner Phone: (870) 633-3434 *Narcotic Arrest* During the month of August, the Forrest City Police Department received multiple complaints of drug related activities in the South Rosser Street area. Street Crime Detectives began watching the area and discovered that narcotics were being sold at 1204 South Rosser Street. During the investigative stage of this narcotic case, a large amount of foot and vehicle traffic was observed going to the residence. Many of these individuals were known users of narcotics. A search warrant was secured by the Street Crimes Unit as the investigation continued. A decision was made for the Special Response Team to execute the search warrant during the early morning hours of August 19th, 2017. Officers descended upon 1204 South Rosser Street during the early morning hours, meeting resistance as individuals immediately locked the front door and scattered about the residence. The SRT team made a dynamic entry into the residence as the six individuals inside surrendered without incident. It was later discovered that the officers approach was viewed on a closed-circuit surveillance system. After the residence was cleared, the Criminal Investigation Division and the Street Crimes Unit began a search for all narcotic related evidence. The search yielded Crack Cocaine that was packaged for sale, Oxycodone packaged for sale, Alprazolam packaged for sale, packaging material and a set of digital scales. Detectives are also seizing over $4,000.00 in cash and a GMC Yukon. The following individuals are being charged with possession of a schedule I narcotic cocaine with purpose to deliver (Class B Felony), possession of a schedule I narcotic methamphetamine with purpose to deliver (Class C Felony), possession of a schedule II narcotic oxycodone with purpose to deliver (Class C Felony), possession of drug paraphernalia (Class D Felony), possession of a schedule IV controlled substance alprazolam with purpose to deliver (Class D Felony), proximity to a certain facility a church (Enhancement Charge), and possession of a schedule VI controlled substance marijuana (Class A Misdemeanor): Chief Lee “I would like to thank the citizens of Forrest City that brought this residence to our attention and allowed us the opportunity to bring these individuals to justice. I would also like to thank our brave men and women, from all divisions that make up our Special Response Team, that left their families to execute this dangerous warrant during the early morning hours on Saturday. To the citizens of Forrest City, we are here to assist you in cleaning up your neighborhoods and I look forward to your continued assistance as we complete these tasks in the future. A simple tip to Crime Stoppers at (870) 261-1499 is all that it takes to assist us in taking these dangerous individuals off your streets. All tips are anonymous and tips that lead to an arrest can pay up to one thousand dollars.”

PRESS RELEASE Forrest City Police Department * 225 North Rosser St * Forrest City, Arkansas 72335 For Immediate Release Date: August 18, 2017 Contact: Lt. Eric C. Varner Phone: (870) 633-3434 *Narcotic Arrests* On August 18th, 2017 Officers were involved in a pair of incidents that yielded multiple arrests for possession of narcotics. The first incident took place in the area of Rosser and Day Street. Officers were dispatched to the area in reference to a gun call. Officers quickly learned that the original call was false. However, during the investigative stage it was discovered that Aretha Parker was in possession of Crack Cocaine. Parker was arrested on a felony charge of possession and is currently being held at the St. Francis County Jail. The second incident took place at the corner of Washington and Mississippi Street. Detectives with the Street Crimes Unit were in the area when they observed Tierra Nichols and Timothy Graham. Both were known to have outstanding warrants with the Forrest City Police Department. After they were taken into custody it was discovered that they were in possession of a misdemeanor amount of marijuana. Both Graham and Nichols were later released with court dates of September 28th, 2017. Chief Lee “First I would like to commend Officer Brayboy for going beyond the original false call and paying attention to details that led to the arrest of Aretha Parker for possessing a very dangerous narcotic. I would also like to thank my Street Crimes Division for working diligently to serve our growing number of warrants. Many times just serving these outstanding warrants lead to the discovery of many other violations of Arkansas Law. Keep up the good work officers our community is counting on your resolve.”

PRESS RELEASE Forrest City Police Department * 225 North Rosser St * Forrest City, Arkansas 72335 For Immediate Release Date: August 15, 2017 Contact: Lt. Eric C. Varner Phone: (870) 633-3434 *Narcotic Arrest* On August 14th, 2017 at approximately 0943 hours, Detectives with the Forrest City Police Departments Street Crimes Division were observing traffic at the intersection of Traylor and Beech Grove. They observed a White Chevrolet Cobalt pass by with a broken windshield and the driver was not properly utilizing a seat belt. Upon initial contact, the officers discovered that the driver, Cynthia Pebbles Carney, had a suspended Arkansas Driver’s License. During the investigative stage of the traffic stop, the detectives discovered 2.5 grams of an crystal like substance that field tested positive as methamphetamine and 3.5 grams of a green leafy substance that field tested positive as marijuana. Subsequently, Carney was charged with the following charges: Possession of a schedule I controlled substance Methamphetamine A.C.A 5-64-419 Class B Felony Possession of a schedule VI controlled substance Marijuana A.C.A 5-64-419 Class A Misdemeanor Driving while license suspended second offence, A.C.A 27-16-303 Class C Misdemeanor No seat belt, A.C.A 27-37-702 Class C Misdemeanor No Insurance, A.C.A 27-22-104 Class C Misdemeanor Chief Lee "First, I would like to commend our Street Crimes Division for their hard work and attention to specific details that led to this arrest. Illegal Narcotics continue to be a strain on our society as they take away hopes, dreams, and tear families apart. The Forrest City Police Department will continue efforts to eradicate all illicit drugs from our communities and make Forrest City a family friendly environment moving forward."

PRESS RELEASE Forrest City Police Department * 225 North Rosser St * Forrest City, Arkansas 72335 For Immediate Release Date: August 10, 2017 Contact: Lt. Eric C. Varner Phone: (870) 633-3434 *Narcotic Arrest* On August 9th, 2017 at approximately 1320 hours an officer was observing traffic at the corner of Mississippi Street and North Division Street. As a silver Toyota Camry passed the location, the officer observed that the occupants were in violation of the Arkansas Statute that requires them to be buckled into a seat belt. During the initial contact with the occupants the officer discovered that the front passenger, Tiffany Stevenson, had a warrant with our department for failure to appear in the amount of $1,300.00 and was taken into custody without incident. The rear passenger, Aaron Stevenson, had an outstanding felony warrant with the St. Francis County Sheriff’s Office for Forgery and was taken into custody without incident. After further investigation, there was a glass pipe used to ingest methamphetamine located inside the vehicle. The driver, Jennifer Hodges was then taken into custody for possession of drug paraphernalia. During a search incident to arrest, a pill bottle that was being concealed by Jennifer Hodges was retrieved by a female officer from inside her pants. Upon examination of the contents, there were Clonazepam, Hydrocodone, Codeine, and a white crystal like substance found inside. The crystal like substance field tested positive as methamphetamine. Jennifer Hodges was subsequently arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of methamphetamine with purpose to deliver, possession of a Schedule IV controlled substance with purpose to deliver, and distribution near certain facilities due to the close proximity to several local schools and a daycare center. No usable photo of Tiffany Stevenson at the time of this publication. Chief Lee “First I would like to thank this officer for his attention to detail and being able to notice signs of more than just a seat belt violation during this traffic stop. Methamphetamine is a very dangerous drug that also leads to a multitude of other crimes. From forgeries, to residential burglaries, and even aggravated robberies the users of this drug will do anything to get a fix. We will continue to actively seek out both the users and sellers of all illegal narcotics within our city to bring them to justice and make our city the safest city in the State of Arkansas.”

Forrest City Police Department is seeking your assistance. Can you identify the suspect in the Plus Some Commercial Burglary? If so please call Crime Stoppers at (870)261-1499.

PRESS RELEASE Forrest City Police Department * 225 North Rosser St * Forrest City, Arkansas 72335 For Immediate Release Date: June 29th, 2017 Contact: Lt. Varner Phone: (870) 633-3434 Operation "Green-Go" Narcotic Arrest During the month of June, officers with the street crimes unit received tips of illegal narcotic sales in the area South Izard Street. Throughout the month, the officers used tips and informants to pinpoint the exact location of the illegal activity. Officers were able to secure a warrant for 780 S. Izard Street based on updated information. During the investigation, officers were advised that the occupants were guarding their operation with high powered assault rifles and handguns. On June 28th, 2017 at approximately 1900 hours, a coalition of law enforcement agencies, consisting of the Forrest City Police Department, St. Francis County Sheriff’s Office and the Arkansas State Police executed the search warrant on the residence. Officers were met with a Bushmaster AR-15 and a Taurus 9mm handgun inside the residence. However, all of the occupants submitted to arrest without incident. During a search of the residence and vehicles associated with the location, 32.585 pounds of a Schedule VI Controlled Substance (Marijuana), 1 gram of a Schedule II Controlled Substance (Oxycontin), and drug paraphernalia used to manufacture crack cocaine was seized as evidence along with the firearms. Oscar Escalante, Epimenio Ruiz, Juan Antonio Delamora, Branden Curtis, and Shida Nicole Barber were all arrested at the residence and charged with the following charges: Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Substance Possession with Purpose to Deliver a Schedule VI Controlled Substance Simultaneous Possession of Drugs and Firearms Possession of Drug Paraphernalia Chief Deon Lee “I would like to commend the hard work of my Street Crimes Unit in their continued attempts to eradicate illegal narcotics from our neighborhoods. I’m grateful that no officer or citizen was hurt during this operation. I would like to thank the St. Francis County Sheriff’s Office and Arkansas State Police for assisting with manpower just in case this incident wouldn’t have went as smoothly as we had hoped. Lastly, I would like to thank the continued assistance from our citizens to make our home of Forrest City the safest city in the Delta.”

Chief Lee presents Officers of the Forrest City Police Department with gift bags in Appreciation for service during National Police Officers Week. May 14th through May 20th. Below: Chief Lee is pictured with SRO Patrolman Harris.

Congratulations to Det. Amos Bryant on your promotion to Sergeant.

PRESS RELEASE Forrest City Police Department * 225 North Rosser St * Forrest City, Arkansas 72335 For Immediate Release Date: April 7th, 2017 Contact: Lt. Eric C. Varner Phone: (870) 633-3434 Narcotic Arrest On April 4th, 2017 at approximately 1031 hours, officers with the street crimes unit observed a white Buick Avenue traveling west on Broadway Ave. Street Crimes made a stop on the vehicle for minor traffic violations. Officers made contact with the driver Omar Lowe (31 years old of Forrest City) and after a brief investigation discovered five hundred and eighty six (586) grams of marijuana in shoebox. Lowe was taken into custody without incident. Officers also seized the Buick Avenue and eight hundred dollars ($800) in cash. Lowe was transported to the St. Francis County Jail and held until his arraignment on April 5th, 2017. Lowe is currently out on bond pending his Circuit Court Date. Chief Deon Lee “I would like to thank the Forrest City Police Department’s Street Crimes Unit for their continued daily grind to help eradicate our neighborhoods of these illegal narcotics and illicit dealers. The citizens of Forrest City should know that we will continue to make Forrest City the safest city in the Delta. ”

The Forrest City Police Department is actively recruiting qualified applicants for the position(s) of: Patrolman Dispatcher

PRESS RELEASE Forrest City Police Department * 225 North Rosser St * Forrest City, Arkansas 72335 For Immediate Release Date: March 17th, 2017 Contact: Lt. Eric C. Varner Phone: (870) 633-3434 Homicide Arrest On February 12th, 2017 at approximately 0940 hours officers responded to a report of an unresponsive man, located in the back yard of 710 Annette Street. Upon arrival, officers found Lavence Robinson (35years old of Forrest City) deceased from apparent gunshot wounds. Detectives followed several strong leads and based on the facts of the case, were able to secure an arrest warrant for murder in the first degree on Bruce Heard Jr. (25 years old of Forrest City). His bond was set at One Million Dollars ($1,000,000). **Update** During the early morning hours of March 16th, 2017, Bruce Heard Jr. was arrested in Fayetteville Arkansas. During that arrest, it was discovered that Mr. Heard had attacked a female that he apparently perceived to be a witness in this case. Heard is currently facing felony charges in Fayetteville Arkansas and a hold has been placed on him to be transported back to Forrest City to face these first degree murder charges. Chief Deon Lee: “My prayers and condolences go out to the families of Lavence Robinson. It is not easy when a family loses a loved due to a senseless act of violence. The Forrest City Police Department will be praying for the family as they endure this difficult time. We ask that the media respect their privacy during this time as well. I would like to commend the hard work of the Forrest City Police Departments Criminal Investigation Division and the Patrol Division as they worked together to bring closure and justice to the families involved.”

PRESS RELEASE Forrest City Police Department * 225 North Rosser St * Forrest City, Arkansas 72335 For Immediate Release Date: March 17th, 2017 Contact: Lt. Eric C. Varner Phone: (870) 633-3434 Operation Franklins Eyes Narcotic Arrest During the months of January and February there were many complaints, from citizens in the neighborhood, made to the Street Crimes Unit referencing narcotic sales on Franklin Street. Detectives with that division then began setting up surveillance in multiple locations of that area. During that time, there was a large amount of foot and vehicle traffic observed going to 509 W. Franklin Street. These individuals were known narcotic users that were frequenting the residence for relatively small amounts of time. A search warrant was secured for the residence as surveillance continued. Based on the known intelligence, a decision was made to execute the search warrant on March 16th, 2017 at approximately 1430 hours. Inside the residence, officers encountered Cadarious Jones, Tiffany Flenoy, Quinton Lay, Darrell Goss, and a small child. At the time of the search warrant, 6.5 grams of a Schedule I Controlled Substance (crack cocaine), 4.5 grams of a Schedule VI Controlled Substance (marijuana), multiple weight measuring scales, six hundred and two dollars ($602.00) and two fully loaded firearms were seized. Cadarious Jones, Tiffany Flenoy, Quinton Lay, and Darrell Goss are all charged with the following charges: Possession of a Schedule I Controlled Substance with Purpose to Deliver (Crack Cocaine) a Class B Felony Possession of Drug Paraphernalia a Class D Felony Simultaneous Possession of Drugs and Firearms a Class Y Felony Possession of a Schedule VI Controlled Substance with the Purpose to Deliver (Marijuana) a Class A Misdemeanor Proximity to Certain Facilities (Enhancement Charge) Cadarious Jones and Tiffany Flenoy have an additional charge of Endangering the Welfare of a Minor a Class A Misdemeanor Chief Deon Lee “I would like to commend the hard work of my Street Crimes Unit in their continued attempts to eradicate illegal narcotics from our neighborhoods. I’m grateful that we still have great citizens that are willing to come forward with information that leads to these types of operations. A police department can only be effective if its citizens are willing to take the necessary steps to clean up the streets. Hopefully these individuals will rehabilitate themselves and become productive citizens in the future.”

PRESS RELEASE Forrest City Police Department * 225 North Rosser St * Forrest City, Arkansas 72335 For Immediate Release Date: February 1st, 2017 Contact: Lt. Eric C. Varner Phone: (870) 633-3434 Narcotic Arrest During the month of December and January the Forrest City Police Department received multiple tips that Christopher Chism (24 of Forrest City) and Cadeshiya Patillo (24 of Forrest City) were selling illegal narcotics in the area of North Rosser Street. The Forrest City Police Department Street Crimes Unit set up surveillance at the known address of 1023 N. Rosser Street (Paroled to this location with Arkansas Department of Corrections). During the surveillance stage of the investigation, it was discovered that Chism was going back and forth from that address to 833 N. Rosser Street. During the time at 833 N. Rosser Street. Detectives were able to obtain a search warrant for both locations and a decision was made to serve both warrants on January 31st, 2017 at approximately 1700 hours. The search at 833 N. Rosser Street yielded 20.7 grams of a green leafy substance tested positive for marijuana separated into multiple bags, a set of digital scales used to weigh marijuana, a box of sandwich bags used to package marijuana, a real silver box cutter used to cut marijuana. The search of 1023 N. Rosser Street yielded 63.2 grams of a green leafy substance that field tested positive as marijuana individually wrapped in two vacuumed sealed baggies, stolen black DPMS Arms AR-15, a stolen 9mm Glock handgun, .40 caliber ammunition, fifteen thousand and seventy-one dollars ($15,071), and a miscellaneous amount of change located in a Dallas Cowboys container. The total amount of cash seized totaled fifteen thousand, two hundred, fifty-three dollars and seventy-five cents ($15,253.75). It was later discovered that the firearms were stolen out of Cross County Arkansas. Christopher Chism and Cadeshiya Patillo are all charged with the following charges: Simultaneious possession of guns and drugs a Class Y Felony Possession of Firearms by Certain Persons a Class B Felony Possession of a Schedule VI Controlled Substance with the Purpose to Deliver (Marijuana) a Class D Felony Theft by Receiving a Class C Felony Proximity to Certain Facilities (Enhancement Charge) Possession of Drug Paraphernalia a Class A Misdemeanor Chief Deon Lee “First I would like to thank the citizens that came forward and gave the tips that ultimately led to this investigation. A police department is only as good as the information it’s citizens are willing to share. Second, I would like to commend the detectives that spent many long hours to get the necessary information to be able to move forward with this case. Lastly, I hope this serves as a warning to other would-be illegal drug dealers that we are working diligently to rid our neighborhoods of all the bad elements.”

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**PRESS RELEASE** For Immediate Release Date: January 26, 2017 Contact; Lt. Eric C. Varner Phone: (870)633-3434 Aggravated Robbery / Arrest On January 23rd, 2017 at approximately 2215 hours officers responded to a report of an aggravated robbery at Pizza Hut. It was reported that two male subjects entered the store from a back door brandishing firearms and demanding money. They reportedly took two hundred dollars ($200) from the restaurant. First responding officers were able to ascertain a description of the suspects and began canvassing the area for evidence. Officers located cameras in the nearby area and began actively seeking tips. All tips and information from the Patrol Division was turned over to the Criminal Investigation Division for further investigation. On January 24th, 2017 after conducting multiple interviews, detectives received enough information to obtain arrest warrants for Stephon Johnson (19 years old), Davion Hardrick (19 years old), and Brandon McNutt (20 years old) all of Forrest City. At approximately 1600 hours officers arrested Stephon Johnson at the corner of Buford and Cherry Street. Officers received tips that Davion Hardrick had been staying at 876 N. Stonebrook and were able to obtain a search warrant for the residence. On January 25th, 2017 officers received information that Hardrick was currently at that residence but was refusing to answer the door for officers. Davion was taken into custody, without incident, after officers gained entry into the residence. The third suspect is still at large, but detectives are currently in contact with him in an attempt to have him turn himself in to officers. A .32 caliber semiautomatic pistol that was used in the robbery was recovered by detectives working the case. Chief Lee “A robbery, where an individual puts lives at risk, can be a very traumatic experience for the victims and our prayers are with those that had to endure this terrible act. I am pleased with the hard work of the Forrest City Police Department’s Patrol Division and Criminal Investigation Division in quickly identifying these suspects. We work very hard to take these types off of our streets for the protection of our citizens. It is my hope that the individuals rehabilitate themselves and become more productive citizens in the future.“

PRESS RELEASE Forrest City Police Department * 225 North Rosser St * Forrest City, Arkansas 72335 For Immediate Release Date: January 6th, 2017 Contact: Lt. Eric C. Varner Phone: (870) 633-3434 Narcotic Arrest On January 2nd, 2017 Detectives with the Forrest City Police Department extradited Aaron Antonio Hendrix from Memphis Tennessee on a $100,000 dollar warrant for possession with intent to deliver a Schedule VI Controlled Substance. Once in Arkansas, Hendrix posted the bond through a commercial bail bonding company. Later that same night, officers began receiving multiple tips that Hendrix had again started selling illegal narcotics in the area of South McClendon Street. Detectives with the Street Crimes Unit began watching the residence of Latoya Williams, located at 406 S. McClendon based on tips that were received. During the investigative stage, it was discovered that Aaron Hendrix was in fact selling illegal narcotics from the residence. After a search warrant was secured, surveillance continued on the residence until the final decision was made to contact the SRT team to make entry. On January 5th, 2017 at approximately 2250 hours entry was made into the residence with the assistance of several St. Francis County Deputies. After the residence was secured, a search by detectives revealed 122.5 grams/4.32 ounces of a Schedule VI Controlled Substance, 1.7 grams of a Schedule II Controlled substance, and multiple forms of drug paraphernalia. It was also discovered that 406 S. McClendon is within 1,000 feet of a church and a daycare. Aaron Hendrix was charged with the following charges based on the conclusion of the investigation: Possession of a Schedule II Controlled substance (Class D Felony) Possession of a Schedule VI Controlled Substance (Class D Felony) Possession of a Schedule VI Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver (Class C Felony) Proximity to Certain Facilities (Enhancement Charge) Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (Class A Misdemeanor) Aaron Hendrix is currently at the St. Francis County Jail and his bond, on the new charges, is set at $200,000. Chief Lee “I would first like to commend the citizens that came forward and gave the necessary tips that led to this investigation. This is the type of help from the community we need to spearhead our attempts to make our neighborhoods safer for the children. I would also like to thank all of our officers and the St. Francis County Deputies involved for their hard work and for putting in long hours to get the job done. Also, I recognize that Mr. Hendrix was out on a $100,000 bond for similar offenses but our citizens have to understand that bonds cannot be used as a form of punishment in accordance with the 8th amendment to our constitution. It is simply an assurance that the individual will appear for trial. However, many times these individuals will raise money through illegal narcotic sales to flee the state. Therefore, the bonds will increase. In Mr. Hendrix case, the fact that he has documented out of state contacts has to be taken into account.

Just a reminder, this page is not monitored 24-7. If you have an emergency or need assistance, please contact our dispatch center at (870) 633-3434 or if it is an emergency dial (911). You can send a message to the page administrator with any questions, comments, or tips, but this is not the proper outlet for an emergency situation. The Forrest City Police department does not engage in any political, religious, philosophical or legal debates and will delete any comments of this nature and the poster may be banned at the discretion of a page administrator. Furthermore, this site is intended to give limited information pertaining to felony arrests and other positive movements by the Forrest City Police Department. Any derogatory statements toward the Forrest City Police Department or the City of Forrest City will result in deletion and banning of the poster. Complaints should be handled in a formal setting with a Sergeant or person of higher rank. We appreciate your cooperation and look forward to seeing positive things within our community.