In the story I published yesterday, I said: “From what I understand, the suspect, Tony Tedford, 50, of parts unknown, turned himself into law enforcement at a local retail location Sunday Morning peacefully with the help of his pastor.” My updated statement about the “turning himself in with the help of his pastor” is this: I have received conflicting information with regard to the pastor’s involvement and the suspect surrendering to law enforcement. Having received information from 2 reliable witnesses with direct opposite information about what happened, I would like to say that the suspect either did or did not voluntarily turn himself in to authorities. In the following press release from the Garland County Sheriff’s Department, no pastor is referenced and there is no mention of a “surrender”. CLICK HERE to see yesterday’s coverage of this event.
Public Release – GARLAND COUNTY SHERIFF’s DEPARTMENT
Trace Court Assault Suspect Arrested
On Saturday 09/14/2019 at approximately 1452 hours the Garland County Communications 911 Center received a call of a possible stabbing at 115 Trace Ct. in Garland County. Upon arrival deputies located the victim a, 71-year-old white male, later identified as Johnny Tedford, with apparent lacerations to his head and neck area being tended to by neighbors outside of the residence. Deputies were able to get the victim safely away from the scene to a waiting LifeNet ambulance that transported him to a local area hospital for further treatment.
The suspect, 50-year-old white male Tony Tedford, was believed to possibly still be inside the residence at 115 Trace Ct. so the Garland County Sheriff’s Department Patrol division held a perimeter on the house and waited for other units to arrive to help contain the situation. Multiple units from Patrol, Criminal Investigation Division, the Tactical Response Team, and the Arkansas State Police responded to the scene, and once a search warrant was obtained members of the Tactical Response Team approached the residence with a Garland County K-9 and cleared the residence. The suspect was not located in the residence, and the K-9 unit along with support personnel from TRT started a track through the woods behind the house, but the trail went cold and the suspect was not located.
On Sunday 09/15/2019 at approximately 0830 hours the Sheriff’s Department received a tip that the suspect might be at the Albert Pike Walmart, upon arrival patrol deputies located Tony Tedford and detained him to await investigators to arrive. The investigators transported the suspect to the Sheriff’s Department for questioning and subsequently charged him Domestic Battery 1st, a class B felony, and Theft of Property, a class C felony. This is an ongoing investigation and other charges may be pending. The suspect is currently being held at the Garland County Detention Center on a $0 Bond.