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Police say Ark. State suspect initially wanted to kill people

6 years 5 months 2 weeks ago Friday, December 11 2015 Dec 11, 2015 December 11, 2015 4:52 PM December 11, 2015 in News
Source: Associated Press
Image: Craighead County Sheriff's Office

JONESBORO, Ark. - Police in Arkansas have released an audio tape in which a man tells an emergency dispatcher that he is on the Arkansas State University campus with gasoline, propane and a shotgun with only one shell.

Jonesboro police say Brad Bartelt drove his truck onto a campus plaza in a threatening manner Thursday. On Friday, officers said Bartelt had called 911 himself.

On the tape, the man identified as Bartelt said he didn't intend to use any weapons but asked that officers and the news media be sent to the scene. Initially, the 911 operator didn't know where to send first-responders.

Bartelt said he didn't know which buildings he was near and wasn't familiar with the area. The operator told him that if the police couldn't find him quickly, she wanted him to look for the name of a building and call her back.

Police said after his arrest, Bartlet told an officer he was upset over an injury he sustained while training to drive an 18-wheeler at Arkansas State University's Newport campus three years ago. The report said Bartelt told an officer Thursday that he wanted to shoot people at the university but "realized murder would be wrong, so he was going to kill himself."

Bartelt told police he was on several psychiatric medications and painkillers. He also told an officer he "was seeing demons in the woods around his house."

A Craighead County judge set bond at $50,000 cash for Bartelt. He faces charges of aggravated assault, terrorist threats, criminal possession of explosive material and carrying a firearm in a publicly owned facility.


Police said they also arrested Connie Francis Hampton, 41, who was living with Bartelt. Authorities charged Hampton Thursday after police searched their home and found an AR-15. Hampton, a felon, has been on parole since last year from a 2013 arrest for manufacturing, delivery and possession of a controlled substance, according to the Department of Community Correction.

Police said they also found four large hunting knives and ammunition for the shotgun and AR-15 at the home.

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