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KNIFE RECOVERED IN STABBING CASE; JUVENILE CHARGED AS AN ADULT



Anna R. Runau


Kendall S. Desetta

UPDATE, 09/02/2015:

     There have been two additional developments in this case since the original release was made Monday afternoon.

     The knife believed to have been used by ANNA RUNAU to assault and stab the victim with has been located and recovered. A diver with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission found the knife on the lake bottom in approximately nine feet of water about fifty feet out from the shoreline Monday evening in the general area where RUNAU said she threw it. The folding-type knife was taken into evidence and will be sent to the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory in Little Rock for forensic processing. The victim sustained seven stab wounds, one of which was approximately five inches deep. He has been moved out of the hospital ICU and is in stable condition.

     In another development Tuesday, Prosecuting Attorney David Ethredge decided to charge the 17 year old female juvenile arrestee as an adult in the criminal division of the Baxter County Circuit Court. She can now be identified as KENDALL SKYE DESETTA. The Prosecuting Attorney has decided to file only a single felony charge of Aggravated Robbery against KENDALL DESETTA. The formal charge was filed Tuesday and a bench warrant issued for her arrest. She is not believed to have been an active participant in the knife assault against the victim. Therefore, KENDALL DESETTA will not be charged with the Criminal Attempt to commit First Degree Murder charge that the other suspect, ANNA RUNAU, will face. KENDALL DESETTA was transferred this morning from a juvenile detention center to the Baxter County Jail where she was served with the warrant and booked. She will be held in lieu of bond while awaiting trial. She confirmed to investigators this morning that the knife recovered from the lake is the one used in the assault on the victim. KENDALL DESETTA has a bond of $100,000 on her single felony charge, while ANNA RUNAU continues to be held in the Baxter County Jail in lieu of $500,000 bond on her two felony charges. Both of them are expected to appear before the Circuit Court on Thursday, September 3rd.

 

ORIGINAL RELEASE BELOW, 08/31/2015:

  An 18 year old Gassville woman, ANNA RENAE RUNAU, and a 17 year old juvenile female, also from Gassville, have been arrested in connection with a stabbing incident that was reported early this morning.

     The Sheriff’s Office was notified at approximately 4:10 AM today by personnel from Baxter Regional Medical Center in Mountain Home that a 44 year old man had come into the Emergency Room stating he had been stabbed while in the area of the Buzzard Roost Marina in Lake Norfork. The victim drove to the ER in his 2005 Chevrolet Colorado pickup truck. The victim resides in Salem, Arkansas.

   Initial reports made by the victim to Deputy Jamie Binnion indicated that the victim had picked up the two females at a residence in Midway to go to the lake to go swimming by the marina. After arriving at the lake and entering into the water, ANNA RENAE RUNAU began stabbing the victim in the neck with a knife. He gave a description of the female suspects to the deputy.

     Sheriff’s Investigator Lt. Terry Johnson responded to the hospital to begin an investigation. After his arrival there, Lt. Johnson was informed by a hospital employee that two young females matching the description given by the victim had been seen on the hospital parking lot. Approximately 25 minutes later, Lt. Johnson was approached in the parking lot by one of the suspects, who was identified as ANNA RENAE RUNAU. She admitted at that time to Lt. Johnson that she had stabbed the victim. A short time later, a Mountain Home Police Department officer found the second female suspect sitting inside a vehicle on another section of the parking lot. This suspect was determined to be a 17 year old juvenile and had been entered as a runaway juvenile 30 days or more ago. She was being harbored by RUNAU.

     Both ANNA RUNAU and the 17 year old female were taken into custody and transported to the Sheriff’s Office to be interviewed. Throughout the morning, several interviews were conducted.

     Based upon the statements of the suspects, the statements of the victim, and evidence observed, Sheriff’s Investigators believe that the two female suspects met the victim the previous evening at a local bar on Cranfield Road. At approximately 1:00 AM this morning, the suspects began texting the victim, asking him to meet them at the marina at Buzzard Roost with the promise of a sexual encounter.

     It is believed that the suspects lured the victim into the water. After entering the water, ANNA RUNAU began stabbing the victim in the neck with a knife that she had carried into the water with her. The victim ran out of the water toward his vehicle, attempting to escape. ANNA RUNAU pursued the victim with her knife and continued to stab him in the left shoulder and left arm as he ran. The victim was able to make it to his truck and get away. He subsequently drove himself to Baxter Regional Medical Center. He had been stabbed approximately 7 or 8 times and underwent surgery.

     During the interviews, one of the suspects stated they intended to steal the victim’s truck and drive it to Indiana. One suspect said they intended to slit the victim’s throat if it became necessary.

     One of the suspects also told investigators that she had used her underwear to wipe blood from her face, then threw the underwear into the bushes. The underwear was later located and taken into evidence by investigators. RUNAU said she threw the knife into the water. A Sheriff’s Office diver has been on scene this afternoon attempting to locate the weapon on the bottom of the lake. The weapon has not yet been located.

     Sheriff’s Investigators are still processing the crime scene at Lake Norfork, and the victim’s truck is also being processed for evidence.

     After consulting with the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, a decision has been made to charge each suspect with Aggravated Robbery, a Class Y Felony, and with Criminal Attempt to Commit First Degree Murder, a Class A Felony. ANNA RUNAU has been incarcerated in the Baxter County Detention Center and is being held in lieu of $500,000 bond. She will appear in Circuit Court to answer later this month.

     The 17 year old juvenile has been taken to a juvenile detention center and is being held there. The Prosecuting Attorney’s Office is currently considering whether or not to charge her as an adult or as a juvenile.

/s/ John F. Montgomery, Baxter County Sheriff

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TWO GASSVILLE TEENAGERS ARRESTED ON ATTEMPTED MURDER CHARGES



Anna Renea Runau


Crime Scene Area

     An 18 year old Gassville woman, ANNA RENAE RUNAU, and a 17 year old juvenile female, also from Gassville, have been arrested in connection with a stabbing incident that was reported early this morning.

     The Sheriff’s Office was notified at approximately 4:10 AM today by personnel from Baxter Regional Medical Center in Mountain Home that a 44 year old man had come into the Emergency Room stating he had been stabbed while in the area of the Buzzard Roost Marina in Lake Norfork. The victim drove to the ER in his 2005 Chevrolet Colorado pickup truck. The victim resides in Salem, Arkansas.

   Initial reports made by the victim to Deputy Jamie Binnion indicated that the victim had picked up the two females at a residence in Midway to go to the lake to go swimming by the marina. After arriving at the lake and entering into the water, ANNA RENAE RUNAU began stabbing the victim in the neck with a knife. He gave a description of the female suspects to the deputy.

     Sheriff’s Investigator Lt. Terry Johnson responded to the hospital to begin an investigation. After his arrival there, Lt. Johnson was informed by a hospital employee that two young females matching the description given by the victim had been seen on the hospital parking lot. Approximately 25 minutes later, Lt. Johnson was approached in the parking lot by one of the suspects, who was identified as ANNA RENAE RUNAU. She admitted at that time to Lt. Johnson that she had stabbed the victim. A short time later, a Mountain Home Police Department officer found the second female suspect sitting inside a vehicle on another section of the parking lot. This suspect was determined to be a 17 year old juvenile and had been entered as a runaway juvenile 30 days or more ago. She was being harbored by RUNAU.

     Both ANNA RUNAU and the 17 year old female were taken into custody and transported to the Sheriff’s Office to be interviewed. Throughout the morning, several interviews were conducted.

     Based upon the statements of the suspects, the statements of the victim, and evidence observed, Sheriff’s Investigators believe that the two female suspects met the victim the previous evening at a local bar on Cranfield Road. At approximately 1:00 AM this morning, the suspects began texting the victim, asking him to meet them at the marina at Buzzard Roost with the promise of a sexual encounter.

     It is believed that the suspects lured the victim into the water. After entering the water, ANNA RUNAU began stabbing the victim in the neck with a knife that she had carried into the water with her. The victim ran out of the water toward his vehicle, attempting to escape. ANNA RUNAU pursued the victim with her knife and continued to stab him in the left shoulder and left arm as he ran. The victim was able to make it to his truck and get away. He subsequently drove himself to Baxter Regional Medical Center. He had been stabbed approximately 7 or 8 times and underwent surgery.

     During the interviews, one of the suspects stated they intended to steal the victim’s truck and drive it to Indiana. One suspect said they intended to slit the victim’s throat if it became necessary.

     One of the suspects also told investigators that she had used her underwear to wipe blood from her face, then threw the underwear into the bushes. The underwear was later located and taken into evidence by investigators. RUNAU said she threw the knife into the water. A Sheriff’s Office diver has been on scene this afternoon attempting to locate the weapon on the bottom of the lake. The weapon has not yet been located.

     Sheriff’s Investigators are still processing the crime scene at Lake Norfork, and the victim’s truck is also being processed for evidence.

     After consulting with the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, a decision has been made to charge each suspect with Aggravated Robbery, a Class Y Felony, and with Criminal Attempt to Commit First Degree Murder, a Class A Felony. ANNA RUNAU has been incarcerated in the Baxter County Detention Center and is being held in lieu of $500,000 bond. She will appear in Circuit Court to answer later this month.

     The 17 year old juvenile has been taken to a juvenile detention center and is being held there. The Prosecuting Attorney’s Office is currently considering whether or not to charge her as an adult or as a juvenile.

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff

 

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SEX OFFENDER RESIDING IN GASSVILLE AFTER RELEASE FROM PRISON



Alton B. Cooke, III

 

     The Sheriff’s Office is notifying the public that a Level 3 Sex Offender (High Risk to Re-Offend) has been released from the Arkansas Department of Corrections and is now residing in Gassville.

 

NAME:                       ALTON BRUCE COOKE, III

 

DATE OF BIRTH:   05/04/1991

 

HOME ADDRESS:  348 S. Johnson St.

                                    Gassville, Arkansas 72635

 

     The offender was convicted in Marion County, Arkansas on September 5, 2013 of Computer Child Pornography. This offense involved the then 21-year-old offender engaging in sexually explicit conversations via the internet with a 14-year-old female stranger during which he discussed meeting her for sex. The offender was placed on ten years supervised probation.

 

        This person is not wanted by law enforcement at this time. This notification is not intended to increase fear; rather it is our belief that an informed public is a safer public. This information cannot be used to threaten, intimidate, or harass Registered Sex Offenders. Citizen abuse will not be tolerated. Such abuse could potentially end law enforcement’s ability to do community notification.   

                                               

 

     /s/ John F. Montgomery

   Baxter County Sheriff

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PAROLEE ARRESTED ON NEW DRUG CHARGES



Jason Biddle

 

     The Sheriff’s Office has arrested 29 year old JASON MICHAEL BIDDLE of rural Mountain Home on felony drug charges after officers made covert efforts via cell phone to purchase methamphetamine from him Thursday afternoon.  Officers had obtained information that BIDDLE was in possession of meth.

     Officers arranged surreptitiously to meet BIDDLE at the Ozark Regional Airport in Midway. When officers arrived, they found BIDDLE waiting there. As officers approached him, BIDDLE made an attempt to flee but was quickly apprehended.

   In BIDDLE’s possession officers found approximately 2 grams of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, and US currency believed to be connected with drug transactions. All of this, as well as BIDDLE’s vehicle, was seized and taken into evidence.

     JASON BIDDLE was transported to the Detention Center and booked on charges of:

Possession of Methamphetamine with Purpose to Delivery – Felony
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Felony
Unlawful Use of Communications Device – Felony

     He is being held in lieu of $20,000 bond on these charges with a court date of September 3rd , and he is also being held without bond for a Parole Violation.

     Agencies involved in the operation were the Sheriff’s Office, Mountain Home Police Department, 14th Judicial District Drug Task Force, and the Arkansas State Police.

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff

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SEX OFFENDER RELEASED FROM PRISON AND HAS REGISTERED WITH SHERIFF'S OFFICE



Jason Brannon

 

     The Sheriff’s Office is notifying the public that a Level 2 (moderate risk to re-offend with community notification justified) Sex Offender has been released from the Arkansas Department of Corrections and has registered with the Sheriff’s Office.

 

NAME:                       JASON BRANNON            

 

DATE OF BIRTH:   12/12/1981

 

ADDRESS:                11 Loriann Dr.                                    Gassville, Arkansas 72635

 

     The offender was convicted most recently of Sexual Abuse in the First Degree on 03/16/1999. This offense involved the offender forcefully grabbing and restraining a 14 year old female while touching her inappropriately.

 

     This person is not wanted by law enforcement at this time. This notification is not intended to increase fear; rather it is our belief that an informed public is a safer public. This information cannot be used to threaten, intimidate, or harass Registered Sex Offenders. Citizen abuse will not be tolerated. Such abuse could potentially end law enforcement’s ability to do community notification.   

                                               

 

     /s/ John F. Montgomery

   Baxter County Sheriff

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"DRIVE SOBER OR GET PULLED OVER" CAMPAIGN UNDERWAY

 

     The Baxter County Sheriff’s Office is participating in the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” nationwide initiative designed to crackdown on drunk driving. This campaign will continue through the Labor Day holiday period.

  

     Drivers should expect to see increased activity with respect to enforcement of Arkansas’ driving while intoxicated law. This may include extra patrols and saturation patrols during specific periods of time.

 

     Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicate more than 10,000 people across the United States died as the result of highway crashes involving drivers or motorcycle operators who were legally impaired by alcohol, including 123 people in Arkansas. Driving with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 or higher is unlawful in every state. Drivers should be aware that the consequences of driving while impaired can have a huge negative impact on their lives. Impaired drivers run the risk of jail time, loss of driver license, increased insurance rates, and hefty fines and fees.

 

     “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” is a law enforcement initiative led by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and combines high-visibility enforcement with heightened public awareness through advertising and publicity. Please don’t endanger yourselves and others by drinking and driving. Play it safe!

 

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff

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SHERIFF'S OFFICE INVESTIGATING ONE VEHICLE FATALITY ACCIDENT

    

     A rural Mountain Home man, 22 year old Charles James Tomlinson, was killed in a one vehicle traffic accident early Wednesday morning that is being investigated by the Sheriff’s Office.

     The accident occurred on Cannie Baker Rd (Baxter CR 26) at the intersection of Windy Drive and was reported at approximately 1:31 AM this morning. Charles Tomlinson was driving a 1996 Cadillac Fleetwood NW bound on Cannie Baker Road. As he began to negotiate a turn, he lost control. The vehicle left the roadway, struck a sign, a culvert, and finally a large tree.

     Emergency medical services were dispatched, but Charles Tomlinson was pronounced dead at the scene by the County Coroner. Mr. Tomlinson was the only occupant of the vehicle.  Deputy Jamie Binnion is the reporting officer.

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff

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CITIZEN TIP LEADS TO ARREST OF FUGITIVE



Christopher Jenkins

Charles Gamble


Bernard Jenkins

    

     A local fugitive from justice, 38 year old CHRISTOPHER JOHN JENKINS, was arrested Monday morning, August 24th at a residence in Briarcliff, and two other men, 39 year old BERNARD EDWARD JENKINS and 37 year old CHARLES LLOYD GAMBLE, both of Briarcliff, were also arrested for Hindering Apprehension.

     Acting on a citizen tip received at the Mountain Home Police Department, Sheriff’s Deputies, a Mountain Home Police Investigator, and an Investigator with the 14th Judicial District Drug Task Force went to 17 Orval Ln. in the City of Briarcliff on Monday morning to look for CHRISTOPHER JENKINS.

     As they arrived on the premises, officers observed two men standing beside a green Volkswagon Jetta. They were identified as BERNARD JENKINS and CHARLES GAMBLE. They were questioned by officers as to the whereabouts of the fugitive CHRISTOPHER JENKINS. Both of them denied having any knowledge as to his whereabouts.

     Inside the vehicle, officers found identification and property belonging to CHRISTOPHER JENKINS. They also found marijuana, prescription pills, and various drug paraphernalia.

     After searching the nearby woods for approximately one hour, a MHPD Officer found CHRISTOPHER JENKINS. He was lying on the ground in heavy cover approximately forty yards from the location of the vehicle. JENKINS was taken into custody without incident. JENKINS told officers that the vehicle belonged to him, and that he had driven it there. He has several prior convictions for felony crimes.

     Officers also arrested BERNARD EDWARD JENKINS and CHARLES LLOYD GAMBLE on one count each of Hindering Apprehension, a Felony.

   All three arrestees were transported to the Baxter County Detention Center and booked as follows.

CHRISTOPHER JOHN JENKINS charged with: Failure to Appear – Outstanding Bench Warrants – Felony
Possession of Schedule II Controlled Substance – Felony
Possession of Schedule VI Controlled Substance – Misdemeanor
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Felony
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Misdemeanor
Fleeing – Misdemeanor
Habitual Offender – Penalty Enhancement
Hold for Other Agencies

     CHRISTOPHER JENKINS is being held without bond at this time and will appear in Circuit Court on August 27th to answer.

     BERNARD JENKINS and CHARLES GAMBLE were each booked and released from custody after posting $2,500 bond each. They will also appear in Circuit Court to answer on August 27th.

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff

 

    

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ARREST MADE IN CONNECTION WITH MINI STORAGE BREAK-INS



Donald Joseph Miller

     A Harrison man, 24 year old DONALD JOSEPH MILLER, was arrested Sunday evening, August 23rd, on a multitude of breaking or entering charges after deputies investigated a complaint of suspicious vehicles at the mini-storage units on Highway 5 North of Mountain Home near Kelly Thomas Landscaping.

     At approximately 8:37 PM, the Sheriff’s Office took a call of two vehicles at that location. A license plate number on one of the vehicles was provided by the caller. The vehicles were seen to leave before deputies arrived, going North on State Highway 5.

     Earlier in the day Sunday, deputies had taken numerous reports of mini-storage units at various locations around the county being broken into and items stolen from them. The caller from one of those prior incidents that was reported at approximately 3:00 PM told Sheriff’s dispatchers that he had observed a man in a silver Toyota corolla with bolt cutters cutting the locks off units and obtained the license number. A check through the Arkansas Crime Information Center database indicated those license plates had been reported stolen in Harrison, Arkansas.

     Approximately thirty minutes after the 8:37 PM call on Highway 5 North came in, a Lakeview Police Officer spotted the vehicle displaying the stolen plates in Lakeview and initiated a vehicle stop. The driver, later identified as DONALD MILLER, was taken into custody. A male passenger fled from the vehicle and escaped. Upon running the vehicle identification number (VIN), officers learned that the vehicle itself had also been reported stolen in Harrison, Arkansas.

     DONALD JOSEPH MILLER was transported to the Detention Center and has been booked on charges of:

Breaking or Entering (9 counts) – Felonies
Theft by Receiving – Felony
Hold for Other Agency – Harrison Police

   He currently has a bond of $20,000 on the Baxter County charges and will appear in Circuit Court to answer those on August 27th.

     The investigation is continuing. Additional charges will likely be filed, and at least one additional arrest is anticipated.

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff

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WOMAN APPARENTLY DROWNS AT NORFORK LAKE

     The Sheriff’s Office was called to a suspected drowning on Norfork Lake Monday evening. At approximately 5:55 PM, the 911 Center received a call that a woman had been recovered from the water and was unresponsive near the boat launch area of the Cranfield Park.

     Sheriff’s Deputies and Emergency Medical Services were dispatched to the scene. A private individual was administering CPR when EMS arrived, but the woman did not respond to efforts to revive her. She was pronounced deceased by the Baxter County Coroner.

     Sheriff’s Investigators were told that the woman had been swimming at the Cranfield Park with friends. She was seen standing in the water beside her raft about 10-15 minutes before she was discovered underwater approximately 15 feet from the bank in an estimated five feet of water. The water temperature was approximately 89 degrees. The deceased was identified as Cassandra Lynn Gordon, 35 years old of Mountain Home.

     The body will be sent to the Arkansas State Medical Examiner’s Office in Little Rock to determine cause of death.

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff

 

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