Posted by Arkansas 911 News Chief Editor Paul Maddox
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Garland County Sheriff’s Patrol Deputy Bernard reports that she was dispatched May 3, 2021, around 2AM, to a residence on Bryant Road for the complaint of a disorderly person.
Dep. Bernard arrived at the residence and met with the female homeowner on the front, enclosed porch. The homeowner said that a man, later identified as Parolee Charles Wesley Johnson, 55, of Tony Street in Hot Springs, was in her kitchen breaking stuff and she wanted him out of the house and gone.
Dep. Bernard attempted to make contact with the parolee, but he had barricaded himself in the kitchen and was yelling incoherently. Dep. Bernard went back out to the enclosed porch area where the homeowner was sitting beneath the kitchen window. The deputy saw movement in the kitchen and then, she saw a spark light up in the kitchen. A loud explosion immediately followed the spark. The kitchen window glass shattered and blew out all over the 2 women. Deputy Bernard grabbed the homeowner and they ran out into the yard.
Neither victim was injured. Dep. Bernard was yelling for the parolee to exit the house and he did. He came rushing out of the residence with a black object in his hand. On his way out of the residence, he fell down. He stood up empty handed and ran out into the yard where Dep. Bernard ordered him to lay down on the ground. The parolee asked why he had to lay down. Dep. Bernard told him because he shot something at them through the window. He said “I wasn’t shooting a gun, I shot a mortar”. Parolee Johnson was arrested.
Now, the kitchen was on fire. Fountain Lake, Jessieville and Hot Springs Village Fire Troops all responded to the residence, but the fire went out of control and destroyed at least 80% of the home.
Parolee Johnson was transported to the Garland County Detention Center for processing. He is charged with Felony Aggravated Assault x2 and Felony Arson with bond set at $15,000 and a parole hold has been placed on him.