A White Hall man was arrested on multiple charges, including attempted murder, after allegedly forcing his way into the home of an 84-year-old local woman and attacking her Friday evening.
Jared Alan Tharp, 32, was taken into custody shortly after 6:30 p.m. and charged with aggravated residential burglary, aggravated robbery and criminal attempt to commit first-degree murder, each punishable by up to life in prison, first-degree battery, punishable by up to 20 years, felony fleeing, punishable by up to six years, and a misdemeanor count of public intoxication.
Tharp was initially being held on zero bond and appeared Monday via video in Garland County District Court where he pleaded not guilty to all charges. Judge Ralph Ohm set Tharp’s bond at $500,000 and issued a court order barring him from contact with the victim and a gag order to limit pretrial publicity. A felony review hearing is now set for July 1.
According to the probable cause affidavit, around 6:15 p.m. Friday, Garland County sheriff’s Deputies Charles DeLaHunt and Melissa Stringer were dispatched to a residence in the 5300 block of Central Avenue regarding a trespasser on scene.
While en route, the deputies were informed the intruder had made entry into the residence and was “getting physical” with the homeowner. They arrived and immediately noticed blood on one of the doors to the front of the residence, but the door was locked.
The deputies then saw a man run from the front room toward the back of the residence. DeLaHunt said he tried to make entry into the house and saw the man, wearing a blue and white striped shirt and white shorts, standing at the back door.
The man fled on foot from the back and the deputies ran around and chased him through the neighbor’s backyard and lost sight of him. They returned to the residence as other deputies arrived and made entry inside where they found the female homeowner, 84, on the floor with injuries to her head and complaining about a “possible broken hip.”
LifeNet responded to the scene and transported the victim to CHI St. Vincent Hot Springs for treatment of her injuries.
DeLaHunt and Stringer went back around to the back side of the property to see if they could pick up the trail of the attacker. A neighbor yelled at them that he could see the man between two condos below his property.
The deputies went to the condos in the 100 block of Southbeach Cove and began making their way to the back. As they walked down the steps between two condos, they spotted the same man from earlier.
DeLaHunt said he ordered the man to stop and warned him he would use his Taser. The man jumped a nearby fence and fled into a field where he fell down on the ground. Stringer jumped the fence as DeLaHunt held the man at bay with his Taser.
The man, identified as Tharp, was taken into custody and walked back up the hill. The deputies noted he had a strong odor of intoxicants on his breath and person and was unsteady on his feet. In patting him down, the deputies reportedly found a set of keys and money in his possession.
Once at the detention center, Tharp allegedly submitted to a breathalyzer test which registered his blood alcohol content at 0.188 percent, over twice the legal limit.
DeLaHunt said while he was filling out the paperwork, Tharp said, “That old (expletive) lets people do drugs in the residence and owes me (expletive) money and I hope she dies and burns in hell.”