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  • Alexis Padilla, Northeast Arkansas News

Mario Stafford located by task force for July 4th Shooting

Update- 7-11-18 UPDATE Officers with the Jonesboro Police Department Street Crimes Unit, 2nd Judicial Drug Task Force, ACC SRT Fugitive Task Force and US Marshals were able to locate Mario Stafford and place him under arrest for the outstanding warrant for Terroristic Act with Injury. Stafford was located at a family member's apartment and taken into custody without incident.

Jonesboro Police Department are searching for Mario Stafford.

JPD believe Stafford is responsible for shooting at a vehicle multiple times on West Nettleton avenue on July 4th.

A warrant is now out for his arrest with charges of a terroristic act with injury.

During their investigation, JPD found out about a chain of events, including an unreported shooting that led to the Nettleton incident.

“There was a vehicle occupied by juveniles and they had encountered a vehicle on the roadway that they knew was typically driven by someone that they’re familiar with. they thought it would be funny to throw fireworks at that vehicle,” says David McDaniel, JPD public information officer.

While it was the right car there was someone else inside, DaQuion Box. After being hit with fireworks, Box shot at the car of minors.

“That’s when Mr. Stafford became involved and he was familiar with the subject who had shot at the juveniles. He knew which vehicle he drove and went and sought out that vehicle and shot at that vehicle” says McDaniel.

Since Box traded cars with someone, Stafford’s bullets hit someone else. Box was arrested on Friday for shooting at the vehicle of minors.

Now JPD needs the community’s help to find Stafford.

Anyone with information on Stafford’s whereabouts are encouraged to contact the Jonesboro Police Department. They have reason to believe that he is armed and hiding from the Jonesboro area.

“If you see him or have a vehicle description of something he might be driving, or know of his whereabouts, a simple phone call will go a long way to stop this cycle of violence we find ourselves in with these retaliatory shootings back and forth” says McDaniel.

If you have any information and wish to remain anonymous, you can call the Crimestoppers hotline at 870-935-STOP.


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