Kidnapping suspect in violent altercation attempts suicide en route to jail

Photo: Nicholas Jackson

A Boone County man is being held in the Marion County Law Enforcement Center on multiple felony charges, including kidnapping, following a violent altercation with a female victim and his attempt to kill himself in the backseat of a patrol unit.

According to the probable cause affidavit released Thursday afternoon, in addition to the Class Y felony kidnapping offense, 22-year-old Nicholas Jackson of Harrison is charged with aggravated assault, breaking or entering, terroristic threatening and two counts of endangering the welfare of a minor. He also faces misdemeanors of resisting arrest and criminal trespassing. Class Y felonies are the most serious classification of crime in Arkansas not punishable by death.

The incident unfolded on the morning of Oct. 1, with Marion County Sheriff Clinton Evans and a deputy responding to the physical altercation along Pigeon Roost Lane north of Yellville.

They arrived to find Jackson outside the residence, with Sheriff Evans directing him to get on the ground. Jackson responded by screaming, “Kill me. I want you to kill me.”

Ignoring repeated commands, Evans took the Harrison man to the ground. His continued efforts to resist arrest led the deputy to drive-stun Jackson.

The suspect was placed in a patrol unit, with the deputy transporting him to the Marion County jail, while Sheriff Evans remained at the scene waiting for a tow truck to transport Jackson’s vehicle.

The deputy reported conversing with Jackson during a portion of the drive to the jail, but said his suspect became silent.

When they arrived at the jail, Jackson was not answering the deputy. He opened the rear door of the patrol unit and noticed Jackson had his head down toward the floorboard. When the suspect didn’t respond, the deputy lifted him up and observed a black shoestring around his neck tied to the cage of the patrol unit. While waiting for a jailer to bring him a knife to cut the string, the deputy said he placed his fingers between Jackson’s neck and the restriction.

First responders and Baxter Regional Medical Center emergency personnel responded to the jail. Jackson was transported to BRMC and admitted.

The female victim arrived at the detention center and told law enforcement she had awaken to knocking on the side door of her residence. She opened the door to find Jackson holding flowers and donuts and crying. She attempted to shut the door, but Jackson placed his foot in the way, pushed himself inside and grabbed the woman’s throat while pushing her backwards over a sofa.

Jackson allegedly accused the female of seeing someone else and told her he would kill her while her children watched. They continued to struggle, as the woman tried to call 911, and Jackson at times choking her.

She said she was able to get away after grabbing and squeezing Jackson’s testicles. She ran out of the residence, screaming for her neighbors. The victim said she tried to keep Jackson outside the residence because her children were in their rooms. She told law enforcement Jackson said he would have the cops shoot him, and he would kill the officer.

Jackson’s bond is set at $100,000.

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