A report of a man chasing people with a knife led to his arrest on felony charges.
Police arrested Jonathan Lamar Beal, 33, no address given, on charges of one count each of aggravated assault on a household member and of possession of less than two grams of a Schedule I/II controlled substance (methamphetamine or cocaine), both Class D felonies.
According to a probable cause affidavit sworn by Detective Cpl. Jacob Higdon of the Paragould Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division, the arrest occurred April 4 after officers had responded to a call of a man chasing people with a knife. Upon their arrival, the officers learned from multiple witnesses that the man, subsequently identified as Beal, had produced a knife and claimed he was in danger.
The witnesses further related that they left residence, whereupon Beal (who had left for another location before officers’ arrival) had started chasing one of them with the knife. The witnesses also reportedly told the officers Beal was “possibly paranoid” due to methamphetamine use.
Locating Beal, they took him into custody. After placing him under arrest, the officers report that they found a small baggie of suspected methamphetamine in his pocket.
Beal is being held in the Greene County Detention Center on a $10,000 cash-only bond, conditioned on his having no contact with victims, witnesses or anyone else involved in the incident.