On June 5, at approximately 11:09 p.m., the Searcy County Sheriff's Office dispatch received a 911 call from Josie Harness of Marshall, who stated her estranged husband, Jimmy Dale "Jim" Harness, had forced his way into her residence on Hwy. 27S near Marshall without permission.
Units from the Searcy County Sheriff's Department and the Marshall Police Department responded and after arriving on scene, Jim Harness, age 52, of Marshall, Arkansas was detained. According to the Josie Harness, Jim Harness does not reside at the residence.
During the initial investigation, law enforcement officers learned that the front door of the residence was "kicked or forced in" and was inoperable as well as a window. Once Mr. Harness was in the house, he began to harass Mrs. Harness and her guest. Mr. Harness also attempted to stop Mrs. Harness for calling for help by taking her cellphone.
In light of the evidence recovered, Harness was arrested and transported to the Searcy County Detention Center for breaking or entering a building or structure, Class D felony; 1st degree criminal mischief/property of another with value of more than $1,000 and less than $5,000, Class D felony; and interference with emergency communications 1st degree, Class A misdemeanor.
On Monday, June 8, the Searcy County District Court judge reviewed the affidavit for probable cause and found sufficient cause to transfer over to circuit court.