Area man arrested for threats
A Marion County man was arrested in Leslie following a disturbance at a local apartment complex. According to Searcy County Sheriff Kenny Cassell, Jimmy Keith Akins, age 45, of Flippin was arrested by Searcy County deputies on February 28 following a domestic disturbance at Cove Creek Apartments.
Cassell said Searcy County Deputy Kevin Trammell and Deputy Troy Dye responded to a 911 call concerning a woman who had locked her ex-boyfriend out of her apartment and he was beating on the doors and windows in an attempt to enter the residence.
Deputy Trammell asked for assistance from Marshall police officers since they were closer to the apartment. When Marshall Police Officers Daniel Terherst and Ronnie Horton arrived on the scene, they saw a woman running from an apartment with a man chasing her.
Officers ordered the man to stop and drop to the ground, but he refused to get on the ground stating he had done nothing wrong. After a second request was refused, officers used minimal force to subdue the man, who was identified as Akins. While speaking with Akins, officers noticed a strong order of alcohol on his breath. When asked how much he had to drink, Akins responded, twelve (12) beers.
During an interview with Deputy Trammell, the woman stated she had been in a relationship with Akins, but had recently broken it off but tried to remain friends. She added she was moving to Leslie to distance herself from him and he was in the process of helping her when he began drinking and became violent, which he had done in the past. She said Akins had damaged the apartment and thrown her on the bed, held her down and threatened her.
Akins was arrested and taken to the Searcy County Detention Center. Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Ben Fruehauf charged him with 3rd degree domestic battery with enhancement, Class D felony; terroristic threatening, Class D felony; refusal to submit to arrest, Class B misdemeanor; public intoxication, Class C misdemeanor; and 1st degree criminal mischief, Class A misdemeanor.