Man arrested for burning car and threatening law enforcement
On August 23, 2019 around 11:57 am, Deputies from the Cleburne County Sheriff’s Office responded to a house on Ridge Drive in West Pangburn in reference to a male that had allegedly lit a car on fire, and was carrying a rifle down the road screaming that he was going to kill himself and any law enforcement that showed up. As deputies approached the house, the male, later identified as Justin Griffin, 36 of Heber Springs, could be heard yelling, and kept going in and out of the house. A neighbor reported that Justin had fired several rounds from a rifle off the front porch in the direction the deputies were approaching, however it is not believed at this time that he was shooting at law enforcement. The neighbor also reported that Justin was coming in and out of the house repeatedly, holding the rifle and yelling each time. After some time, Justin emerged from the house and deputies were able to take him into custody without further incident.
Justin was transported to the Cleburne County Jail where he is currently being held on a $100,000 bond for Arson, Terroristic Threatening, and Possession of Firearms by Certain Persons. The investigation is still ongoing.
The Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the Pine Snag Fire Department, the Heber Springs Fire Department, the Heber Springs Police Department, and Northstar EMS for their assistance in bringing this to a peaceful resolution.
A special thank you to the Concord Police Department for handling calls for the county while we were tied up.
All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
-Sheriff Chris Brown