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story.lead_photo.caption From left: Brookland residents Jeffery Johnston, 49, and Jon Price, 42.

Two Arkansas men accused of kidnapping two people while they were skinny-dipping were arrested Friday morning, authorities said.

A 43-year-old Trumann man told Craighead County sheriff's office deputies that he and a 38-year-old woman were swimming in a pond behind a home on County Road 792 near Goobertown when two men — later identified as 49-year-old Jeffrey Johnston and 43-year-old Jon Price — pulled up, pointed a gun at them and accused them of stealing.

The captives were taken to a workshop on County Road 960, where the man was beaten, according to a report from the sheriff's office. When he escaped and contacted authorities, deputies observed bruises on his back and a knot on the back of his head where he said he had been hit with a gun.

The man told deputies the female hostage was still at the shop, and when authorities responded, she was eventually found hiding behind a cabinet in the building. The Brookland woman told authorities that Johnston had pointed a gun at her and threatened to make her shoot her father in front of her mother.

Johnston and Price, both Brookland residents, were arrested and booked into the Craighead County jail on charges of aggravated assault, kidnapping/false imprisonment and possession of a firearm by certain persons. Johnston also faces a first-degree criminal charge.

They remained in jail Tuesday evening in lieu of $100,000 bond each, records show.


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  • jumpedcut
    July 11, 2018 at 8:55 a.m.


  • wcowens
    July 11, 2018 at 4:45 p.m.

    Goobertown was a small community that is near Brookland on the Highway from Jonesboro to Paragould. All that remains is an old building that once was a store and the old sign still reads "Goobertown ".

  • WillieHeckaslyke
    July 11, 2018 at 4:47 p.m.

    Hearing a banjo for some reason while reading this...

  • donnieandsarah_gmail-com
    July 11, 2018 at 6:24 p.m.

    You can bet this will be on Reddit or The Daily Show with a name like Goobertown.

  • GeneralMac
    July 11, 2018 at 9:58 p.m.

    I passed thru there several times and met an old timer in Mountain View who said he grew up there.

    Good southern folk.

  • LRDawg
    July 12, 2018 at 12:31 p.m.

    Isn't skinny dipping also indecent exposure? All 4 people involved should be charged

    July 12, 2018 at 4:44 p.m.

    Everyone needs to take a bath occassionally, And here we have The Goobertown Duo causing trouble for the Bathing Beauties. You can't make Crap like this up, No Way