Man acting ‘suspicious’ in bank parking lot jailed after meth found


A Batesville man reported as acting “suspicious” in the parking lot of a local bank ended up behind bars Monday, April 20.

According to the probable cause affidavit, Batesville Police responded to the call of a suspicious person in the First Community Bank parking lot at 1325 Harrison St.

Upon arrival, BPD officers noted a man, later identified as Jacob Allen Johnson (pictured above), 35, standing outside a pickup truck in the parking lot, shaking, stepping back and forth, and keeping the truck between himself and the approaching officers.

Patrolman Nate Smith did a patdown on Johnson after observing numerous knives in plain view inside the trick. During the patdown, Smith found a clear glass smoking pipe with white residue and a plastic cylinder that contained “a crystalline substance having the appearance of crystal methamphetamine” in the front pocket of Johnson’s pants, the affidavit said.

The affidavit also noted the contents of the cylinder and the pipe residue field-tested positive for meth.

Johnson is charged with one count of possession of less than two grams of meth and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia with the purpose to inject, ingest, inhale, or otherwise introduce meth into the human body. Both are Class D felonies.

Johnson is being held at the Independence County Detention Facility under a $10,000 bond.

Image via Independence County Sheriff’s Department

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