Criminal trespass call leads to arrest of absconder

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A trespassing call Friday afternoon led Independence County Deputy Johnny Byler to Pfeiffer Road at the intersection of Goforth Road.

There, Byler found two male subjects sleeping under a bridge near the intersection. While identifying both men, Byler said he smelled the odor of marijuana. He then began to search one of the men who said his name was “David Kennedy,” according to the incident report.

Byler said he found a plastic baggie inside Kennedy’s pocket, at which time Kennedy began to run away. Byler quickly caught him, and Kennedy began to resist. Byler was able to take control and place hand restraints on him, the report stated.

Deputy Byler then asked Kennedy his real name, and he responded, “Michael Coleman James.” A computerized report showed James was wanted by the Arkansas Parole Board for absconding. James was taken to jail without incident and faces three charges: criminal trespass, fleeing, and resisting arrest.

Image of Michael Coleman James via Independence County Sheriff’s Department

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