Police in Arkansas didn’t have to look far for a murder suspect when they found him at a neighboring house stuck in a chimney.
On March 19, Forrest City police went to a home for a reporting stabbing. When they arrived, they found Jimmie Rogers, 28, who had stab wounds. Rogers died at the scene from his injuries.
Witnesses said Elliott Stewart, 36, stabbed Rogers multiple times and fled the area, according to Forest City police.
Stewart was the husband of a woman who lived in the home and police say the stabbing may have been by Stewart against the woman’s boyfriend, Rogers.
As police investigated the stabbing, a neighbor called to say a person was stuck in their chimney, according to police. The homeowner said they didn’t know the person in and allowed police inside their residence to investigate. Officers determined it was Stewart stuck in the chimney.
Firefighters came to the home and helped Stewart escape from the chimney. Police then arrested Stewart and charged him with first-degree murder.
“I was extremely saddened to receive the news of this vicious crime on the even of our Stop the Violence march,” Police Chief Deon Lee said in announcing the arrest.”
Stewart was booked into a local jail and bail was set at $1 million, according to police. Anyone with information on the stabbing is asked to contact officers at (870) 633-3434.