In unrelated incidents, police have arrested three Paragould women on several felony charges.
In one incident, they arrested Julie Sue Cobb, 39, on charges of one count of residential burglary, a Class B felony; and two counts of interfering with custody, a Class C felony. Cobb also faces misdemeanor charges.
According to a probable cause affidavit sworn by Detective Sgt. Robert Sexton of the department’s Criminal Investigation Division (CID), the arrest took place July 3 after officers were dispatched to a residence in reference to burglary and interference with custody. Upon arriving to the area, officers contacted Cobb, who was standing in the middle of the street in a state of partial nudity, screaming and acting erratic. Officers attempted to speak with Cobb, and then attempted to take her into custody for public intoxication, according to the affidavit. Officers reported that Cobb then began to fight with them to escape. Sexton noted that Cobb continuously kicked and fought not to be taken into custody.
Officers learned from witnesses that Cobb had attempted to rip a car seat out of a woman’s hand containing her 15-day old child while screaming that the baby was hers.
Officers were told that Cobb then took off running down the street and ran into a residence a few blocks down from the initial incident and locked the door behind her. Witnesses said once inside the residence, Cobb grabbed a young boy by the hand and attempted to take him out of the residence while stating again that the child was hers.
Detectives spoke to multiple unrelated witnesses, who all gave the same account of Cobb’s actions. The officers were unable to interview Cobb due to her reported level of intoxication; she was transported to the Greene County Detention Center (GCDC) to await bond or a court date.
Cobb remains in the GCDC on a $50,000 cash-only bond, conditioned upon having no contact with any of the victims, witnesses, or anyone else involved in the matter for which she was arrested.
In a second incident, officers arrested Teryl Esperanca Howard, 21, on charges of one count each of residential burglary, a Class B felony; and second-degree battery, a Class D felony; plus misdemeanor charges.
According to another probable cause affidavit sworn by Sexton, her arrest took place June 30 after officers responded to a residence regarding an individual having been stabbed. Upon arrival, officers found the victim with a stab wound to her leg. Officers learned that Howard had beaten on the door and forced her way into the residence upon the door being opened. Officers also learned that as Howard fled the residence after stabbing the victim, she slashed two tires on a vehicle in the driveway. Officers documented the victim’s injuries and conducted follow-up interviews with multiple witnesses, who corroborate the victim’s statements.
Howard, too, remains in the GCDC on a $50,000 cash-only bond, likewise conditioned upon having no contact with any of the victims, witnesses, or anyone else involved in the matter for which she was arrested.
In the third incident, officers arrested Amanda Darlene Johnson, 49, on a charge of one count of filing a false report with a law enforcement agency, a Class D felony; plus misdemeanor charges.
According to a third affidavit sworn by Sexton, the arrest occurred in connection with a May 24 incident in which Johnson filed an official police report with the Paragould Police Department in reference to her debit card being stolen and used fraudulently while she was incarcerated. Johnson also reported this to her bank and was reimbursed for the funds she reported stolen. Detectives identified the individuals responsible for the transactions and obtained bench warrants for their arrest.
They arrested one of the individuals, who upon being interviewed said that Johnson had told them to take her card and pull the money from it for her to assist her while incarcerated.
Detectives located messages sent from Johnson to the individual from the GCDC confirming that information.
According to the GCDC, she was booked into that facility on July 5. She remains there on a $10,000 cash-only bond.