By E’lyse Golden, Investigative Reporter
On December 3 around 9:15 am, Corporal Moore of the Malvern Police Department responded to South Main Street in reference to a vehicle theft.
The victim’s neighbor saw the victim’s black Dodge truck spin out of the yard and leave at a high rate of speed. The neighbor couldn’t identify the suspect.
The neighbor called Trooper Sawyer of the Arkansas State Police.
The victim was out of the country at the time and not home. ASP Tpr. Sawyer knew the victim and told him what happened over the phone.
The victim told Sawyer over the phone that there was a hunting rifle in his truck.
Dispatch advised responding officers that another person just called and reported that a black Dodge had just ran through their gate on Ridge Road.
The convicted felon driver of the stolen vehicle, Patrick Weed, 25, of Cedar Bluff Road in Gillham, was being held at gunpoint by the victim whose fence was damaged.
The fence owner said he heard a loud crash and saw a truck had destroyed the fence to his property. The fence owner grabbed his gun for protection and went outside.
Weed came out of the truck with a knife in his hand. The fence owner drew his weapon and told Weed to drop the knife.
The fence owner called the police and held Weed at gunpoint until Cpl. Moore arrived.
Cpl. Moore arrested Weed and placed him into the back of his police vehicle.
The damage to the fence was estimated at $2,500.
Weed told police that he had to steal the vehicle to warn residents on Ridge Road of impending danger. Weed said his stepfather told him he was going to blow up a property on Ridge Road.
Weed wrecked his own vehicle earlier that day and said he had to steal the truck to get to Ridge Road.
The stolen vehicle was returned to a family member of the owner. The damage to the vehicle was estimated at $5,000.
Weed is charged with Breaking Or Entering, Theft Of Property Valued More Than $5,000 But Less Than $25,000, First Degree Criminal Mischief x2, and Possession Of A Firearm By Certain Persons. Bond was set at $25,000.