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Arkansan arrested in gunfire that led to crash, police say

By Jaime Dunaway

This article was originally published July 5, 2018 at 12:29 p.m. Updated July 11, 2018 at 11:57 a.m.

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WEDNESDAY UPDATE:

Authorities said they have arrested a man who fired shots July 4 that caused a crash in northeast Arkansas.

Mario Stafford, 22, of Jonesboro was booked into the Craighead County jail Tuesday afternoon, records show. He faces a charge of terroristic act. He remained at the jail Wednesday, and no bail had been set.

The wreck occurred July 4 in the 1900 block of the city's West Nettleton Avenue. An SUV traveled off the street and crashed into vehicles parked at an apartment building while fleeing from a shooter in a pursuing vehicle, police previously said.

Investigators believe that gunfire stemmed from a separate, unreported shooting in which a group of minors shot fireworks at a vehicle driven by a Da'quion Box, according to a separate news release. The 18-year-old Jonesboro resident is accused of then shooting and striking the minors' vehicle. Officers think that Stafford shot at Box in retaliation, the release states.

Jail records show Box was arrested and booked at 2:30 p.m. Friday into the Craighead County jail.

TUESDAY UPDATE:

Authorities said they are looking for a man believed to be involved in a July 4 shooting in northeast Arkansas that led to a crash that injured one person and caused damage to several other vehicles.

A warrant has been issued for Mario Stafford, who could face a charge of terroristic act with injury if arrested, according to a Monday news release from the Jonesboro Police Department.

Authorities think he is armed and may be in hiding after the wreck, which occurred Wednesday in the 1900 block of the city's West Nettleton Avenue. An SUV traveled off the street and crashed into vehicles parked at an apartment building while fleeing from a shooter in a pursuing vehicle, police previously said.

Investigators believe that gunfire stemmed from a separate, unreported shooting in which a group of minors shot fireworks at a vehicle driven by a Da'quion Box, according to a separate news release. The 18-year-old Jonesboro resident is accused of then shooting and striking the minors' vehicle. Officers think that Stafford shot at Box in retaliation, the release states.

Jail records show Box was arrested and booked at 2:30 p.m. Friday into the Craighead County jail, where he remained Tuesday morning in lieu of $35,000 bond.

THURSDAY STORY:

Authorities said a driver was injured Wednesday night after crashing on a northeast Arkansas road while fleeing from a shooter in a pursuing vehicle.

Officers responded to a wreck at 10:20 p.m. in the 1900 block of Jonesboro's West Nettleton Avenue, where an SUV had traveled off the street and crashed into vehicles parked at an apartment building, according to a news release from the city's Police Department.

Witnesses told officers that, before the crash, the vehicle was being followed as it traveled east on Nettleton. A passenger in the pursuing vehicle was firing at the SUV at the time of the wreck, the release states.

The driver reportedly had a minor arm injury and received medical attention at the scene before being taken to a nearby hospital.

No suspects had been named, and no arrests had been made at the time of the release.

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