Lever 4 Sex Offender Arrested in Northeast Arkansas

On May 31, 2019 members of the Jonesboro Police Department Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Division assisted Trumann Police Department and the Arkansas State Police in conducting a search warrant in reference to a cyber tip that was received by Arkansas State Police on August 18, 2018 from National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC).

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The cyber tip alleged that a user uploaded files of known child pornography to a cloud storage platform. While conducting the search, 59 year old Carl Chandler of Trumann, a Level 4 Sex Offender, was placed under arrest and escorted outside where he was interviewed by agents with the Jonesboro Police Department and Arkansas State Police. During the interview, Chandler admitted to downloading and looking at child pornography on electronic devices for about 10 years. The residence search resulted in the seizure of computers, flash drives, CD discs, and other items.

Chandler was arrested and taken to Poinsett County Sheriff Office to be held until his PC hearing on June 3. The suspect bonded out and was given a first appearance court date of July 23. He will be charged with Distributing, Possessing, or Viewing Matter Depicting Sexual Conduct Involving a Child, Failure to Comply with Registration and Reporting Requirements, and Registered Offender living near School, Public Park, Youth Center, or Daycare Prohibited.

Chandler was arrested again less than a week later while residing at his mother’s home in Trumann. The residence is known to be a distance of 1413.72 feet from a daycare. Chandler returned to the residence immediately after bonding out and was found to be in violation of Registration and Reporting Requirements. He then advised that he would be living at a local hotel, this request was denied due to its proximity to a school zone. Mr. Chandler is aware of the stipulations of where he may live as he has been a registered sex offender for approximately 10 years, and at each registration visit is required to read and sign the requirements stating he understands the regulations.

The JPD Internet Crimes Against Children Division has three Investigators assigned to the High Tech Crime Unit (ICAC). These detectives are responsible for conducting searches of computers, phones, jump drives and other items that may store digital evidence. As an affiliate agency of the Arkansas Division of the National Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, the Jonesboro Police Department has tasked this unit with investigating complaints of child exploitation and pursuing child predators, and work with the Department of Homeland Security as well as law enforcement agencies across the state.

Video - JPD Officer Involved Shooting

The Jonesboro Police Department is releasing body camera footage from the June 5 Officer Involved Shooting that occurred in Jonesboro. Click here to view the original police report.

JPD personnel are currently in process of redacting 16+ hours of raw body camera footage. Restricted NCIC radio data is required by law to be removed, and graphic images will be blurred. Once this process is complete, the entire 16+ hours of footage will be released to the media.

All listed officers in the video are on paid administrative leave pending the Arkansas State Police Investigation and the decision from the Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington. A professional standards investigation will also be conducted by the Jonesboro Police Department.

Police respond to Shots Fired call

At approximately 11:50pm, Jonesboro Police were dispatched to the 300 block of Melrose St in regards to shots fired. 

Officers quickly located a gunshot victim, De’marco Locust, who had sustained multiple gunshot wounds to the leg, abdomen, and arm.  JPD and ASU PD Officers applied a tourniquet and rendered aid until EMS arrived. Locust was taken to a local hospital and treated for his injuries.

Witnesses stated they didn’t see anything and don’t know who the suspect might be. 

Meanwhile, the scene was taped off, the JPD Criminal Investigation Division was called and evidence was gathered. There are no known suspects at this time, police are currently investigating. 


JPD releases names in Officer Involved Shooting

The Arkansas State Police have begun their investigation into the officer involved shooting that occurred Wednesday night in Jonesboro.

At approximately 7:35 p.m., Calvin Wheeley notified 911 that his wife, Lottie, had been shot in the lower back and was in transit to St. Bernards Hospital. Police were advised that the suspect, Jay Michael Clem, was located inside a home in the 3100 block of Barnhill Road. JPD officers tried to make contact with Mr. Clem, but he refused to cooperate and barricaded himself inside the residence with his weapon.

Negotiators attempted to communicate with Mr. Clem for four hours, but were not successful. The S.W.A.T. team responded at the direction of Chief Rick Elliott. Chemical Munitions was deployed, Mr. Clem exited the home brandishing a hand gun and proceeded to fire multiple shots at officers. Police engaged the suspect with lethal force. The Craighead County Coroner, Toby Emerson, pronounced Mr. Clem deceased at the scene.

The following officers responded to the suspects gunfire, Sgt. Shon Morris, Pfc. Nathan Ivy, Pfc. Erik Johnson, Cpl. Paul Williams, Sgt Lane Holmes, Dfc. Bryan Davis, Ptl. Pete Lochner, DCpl. Brian Arnold, Ptl. Michael Talley and Pfc. Bryan Bailey. All listed officers are on paid administrative leave pending the Arkansas State Police Investigation and the decision from the Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington.

A professional standards investigation will also be conducted by the Jonesboro Police Department