Campus Crime for Feb. 14
Published: Thursday, February 14, 2013
Updated: Thursday, February 14, 2013 17:02
At approximately 10:30 p.m. Officer Andrew Thrasher assisted in a dispatch of finding a female walking away from the Student Union who appeared to be highly intoxicated due to her having trouble walking. On Dean St., Officer Thrasher observed a female, Melissa Tippett, walking into Kays Hall who had trouble walking in a straight line, according to the report. Officer Thrasher approached her and asked for identification. He smell an intoxicating substance coming from her and noticed Tippett had urinated on herself. According to the report, Tippet searched in her purse for her ID and produced a Dish Network television remote, handed it to Officer Thrasher and said, “here you go.” Officer Thrasher advised her that he did not need her television remote. Tippett continued to rummage through her purse and produced another television remote. He advised her that he was not trying to turn a television on and that he needed her state ID. Tippett then produced her wallet and gave him her ID. He then produced a preliminary breath tester. While performing the test, Tippett took a deep breath and exhaled through her nose. According to the report, Tippett was advised to try again and blow with her mouth. Her second attempt was performed the same as the first. Due to the evidence before him, Officer Thrasher placed Tippett under arrest for Public Intoxication. Officer Thrasher then escorted her to the patrol vehicle and advised her to step from the curb. Tippett refused and began to threaten civil litigation and religious consequence against the officers. After ordering her twice to have a seat in the vehicle, she complied. Officer Thrasher began the transport to the Craighead County Justice Center when Tippett began screaming the word “rape” or “reap,” he was unable to decipher the word she was screaming, according to the report. Tippett then began to yell obscenities and wish harm on Officer Thrasher and other officers and praying to God to cause them harm. While en route, Tippett was able to free herself from the wrist restraints and began bashing them into the cage of the patrol unit. Upon arrival, Tippett was escorted inside the Justice Center at which time Officer Thrasher went to retrieve the handcuffs from the rear seat, only to find Tippett had urinated in the patrol car and ripped off a necklace which she had left lying on the floor of the vehicle. Tippett was lodge at the CCJC under charges of public intoxication and disorderly conduct, according to the report.
Officer Robert Peevey was at the intersection of University Loop when he noticed Alex Cliff walking southbound on University Loop, according to the police report. Cliff put an object in his right front pocket and began walking in Officer Peevey’s direction. Officer Peevey noticed that Cliff was stumbling and when he approached Cliff, he could see a beer can in his right front pocket. According to the report, Cliff admitted that he was 18. After conducting a breath sample, Cliff was charged with purchase or possession of alcohol by a minor and a student referral. Cliff was then released and taken home by a designated driver and the remaining beer was poured out, according to the report.
At approximately 1:13 a.m. Officer Daniel Bradway and Officer Chris Kirksey were both dispatched to Kays Hall in reference to a man with a gun threatening to shoot people, according to the police report. Both officers met at the southeast entrance when they learned that the suspect, Demarcus Willis, was standing in the parking lot. According to the report, upon rounding the building, three students were spotted standing behind a white Ford Mustang. The Officers advised them to get down on the ground and they proceeded to search them as they lay facing down. Officer Kirksey noticed three victims sitting in a vehicle parked nearby. Officer Kirksey signaled with his hand, asking if the students lying down were the suspects. They nodded and Officer Bradway proceeded to speak to the victims. According to the report, one of the victims said Willis had a black handgun in his possession, was telling them to get out of the car and then threw the gun towards a tree near the building. Officer Bradway along with several Jonesboro Police Officers arrived to assist in searching for the weapon. The weapon was found, covered in mud, and identified as an airsoft gun. Willis was placed in custody and charged with Aggravated Assault and Terroristic Threatening.
-Compiled by Tanya Giraldo,