JONESBORO — Information emerged and a suspect was named Friday in the Craighead County Sheriff’s Office probe into a Brookland shooting.
Deputies assisted the Brookland Police Department on Nov. 20 with a shooting at an apartment complex in the 200 block of East School Street, according to the probable cause affidavit. One of the three victims was treated in the hospital for a gunshot wound to the face.
James Yancy, 20, of Jonesboro, was developed as a suspect “based (on) witness statements, video footage and social media,” it read. When detectives were executing a search warrant on Nov. 24 at Willow Creek Drive residence in Jonesboro, a half-pound of packaged marijuana was discovered, as previously reported.
Yancy and two others were subsequently arrested by Jonesboro police on suspicion of possession of marijuana greater than 4 ounces but less than 25 pounds with the purpose to deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia.
After probable cause was found by District Court Judge Tommy Fowler, Yancy was being held on a $35,000 cash-only bond.
In the Craighead County Detention Center, the shooting suspect requested to speak with CCSO Detective David Bailey and on Monday he told investigators that one of the shooting victims upset him with a message, the affidavit states.
“Yancy stated that he was armed with a 9mm handgun with an extended clip and drove past the apartment where he could see several people inside,” the probable cause affidavit read. “Yancy advised that he drove back by the apartment and shot a round high into the apartment in an attempt to make people inside scared and hit the floor and then he fired several more rounds into the apartment complex before leaving the area.”
Fowler found probable cause Friday to charge Yancy with first-degree battery, first-degree criminal mischief causing property damage valued at more than $1,000 but $5,000 or less and two counts of aggravated assault. Online records show Yancy was released Wednesday on a $250,000 temporary bond.