Man living in woods charged in 3 criminal cases, accepted by rehab program


A man whose last known address was a crude shelter in the woods and who currently faces charges in three criminal cases appeared in Baxter County Circuit Court Thursday.Deputy Public Defender Mark Cooper represents 27-year-old Harvey Lee Honeycutt III. He told the court Honeycutt had been accepted into the addiction treatment program at Care Center Ministries, but prosecutors have not yet made a decision on whether to support or oppose the plan.The latest charges against Honeycutt were filed Feb. 1st. Honeycutt is accused of taking a number of items from a home along Tucker Cemetery Road where he had lived prior to being asked to move by the residents.According to the probable cause affidavit, when Honeycutt vacated the residence, he set up the camp in the woods adjacent to the victims' home.

The victims called the Baxter County Sheriff's Office Jan. 22nd reporting an unruly person -- identified as Honeycutt -- at the residence. Honeycutt, who was said to be related to a female living in the home, was alleged to be cursing and kicking at the front door.

When a deputy sheriff arrived on the scene, he was taken to Honeycutt's campsite where uncashed checks totaling more than $3,200, various items of drug paraphernalia, knives and tools were found. It was determined the checks had been taken out of a mailbox. In addition, the victims reported Honeycutt had allegedly made off with a .22-caliber rifle.

Honeycutt was not at the campsite at the time of the first visit, but was arrested Jan. 24th when he showed up at the Tucker Cemetery Road residence.

In another case, Honeycutt was arrested Christmas Eve last year when Mountain Home police were called to investigate a suspicious vehicle reported to have been sitting on the parking lot of a business for a lengthy period of time with the engine running.

The officer located the parked vehicle and saw it was occupied by two people. When the officer got behind the SUV, it left the scene at a high rate of speed. The officer pursued the fleeing vehicle and pulled it over a short distance from the business. Honeycutt, a passenger, and the female driver were questioned, and Honeycutt was arrested and taken to the Baxter County jail.

After the traffic stop, Honeycutt was observed breaking a glass smoking pipe on the floor of the passenger side of the vehicle. He was also found to have another smoking pipe used for the ingestion of methamphetamine in his jacket pocket. He was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

Honeycutt's earliest arrest came in late September last year. Deputies took him into custody when they came to a Midway residence accompanied by an agent from a bail bond company looking for Honeycutt who had an outstanding failure to appear warrant.

Honeycutt and Samantha Laverty occupied the home. Laverty had been arrested earlier in the month on charges of felony battery of a child and endangering the welfare of a minor. The charges stemmed from serious injuries Laverty's 18-month-old daughter had sustained, which doctors thought were signs of child abuse.

The little girl also tested positive for methamphetamine in her body. The medical staff at Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock reported the level of methamphetamine in the child's system was 150 times more than is required for a positive reading.

While Laverty denied the use of drugs, Honeycutt allegedly had five small plastic bags of methamphetamine in his clothing when arrested at the home he shared with the child's mother at the time. Honeycutt allegedly told officers he intended to sell the drug.

Laverty is due to reappear in circuit court on her charges next month.

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