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Mugshot: Jocelyn J Thornton

Arrest date: April 7, 2014

A Little Rock woman pushed an elderly man and assaulted his wife Sunday night after being asked to stop cursing at a local restaurant, authorities said.

Jocelyn Thornton, 33, was arrested about 9:20 p.m. on charges of second-degree battery and second-degree assault.

Police say the victims reported they were eating at Cuisine of China at 7316 Geyer Springs Road when Thornton began cursing as she talked loudly on her phone in the dining room.

The 74-year-old man "asked her to stop cussing," Little Rock police wrote in an arrest report, adding Thornton then went to the couple's table, began pushing the man and cursing his wife as she got up.

Thornton then hit the 69-year-old woman on the side of the face before grabbing her around the neck when she pushed back, the report said. The woman reportedly suffered scratches on her neck and a bruise and scratch on her left wrist.

Thornton remained in the Pulaski County jail Monday morning with bail set at $10,750. She is due in court later Monday for a preliminary appearance.


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  • drs01
    April 7, 2014 at 8:32 a.m.

    I wonder if she was cursing into an Obama-phone with all those free minutes?
    Maybe she should have been texting instead.

  • WillyW
    April 7, 2014 at 8:51 a.m.

    There is no common courtesy any more. I was walking our of the Chenal 9 after watching Noah, this young woman behind ne says "that was the worst fricking movie i ever saw". I agree the movie was awful and should come with a disclaimerthat it is pure fiction and is not representative of the biblical account, but did she have to be so hateful about it?

  • djigoo
    April 7, 2014 at 9:14 a.m.

    The phone program was started by a Republican president. Your ignorance is showing. Again.

  • expat93
    April 7, 2014 at 9:22 a.m.

    Appreciation goes out to the couple that stood for common decency and respect for common /shared spaces. If more people did this, those that do not respect others will begin to understand that a lack of respect is not acceptable.

  • FreeSpiritMan
    April 7, 2014 at 9:26 a.m.

    drs01 ......... No Reagan grandfathered in all type of phones after he started the plan in the 80's.

  • Populist
    April 7, 2014 at 9:55 a.m.


    Lack of civility and manners are not restricted to any race. You can find rude people in any color.

  • Breia
    April 7, 2014 at 10 a.m.

    Shame on her on all counts. Some time in jail will hopefully improve her attitude, though I doubt it-sounds like she was high on something, and it wasn't life.

  • reality1963
    April 7, 2014 at 10:31 a.m.

    With any luck, she will get the hell beat out of her in jail. What goes around , comes around. Nothing but a common thug.

  • NRC
    April 7, 2014 at 11:40 a.m.

    Would certainly excel as a Government customers serve-us worker with the IRS, DMV... lol

  • pennsters2003
    April 7, 2014 at 11:42 a.m.

    She was just arrested this past on March 17 for Theft by Receiving. and her bail was $1000.00.