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Second teen charged as adult after fire at Arkansas home left woman critically injured

by Stephen Simpson | October 25, 2018 at 11:24 a.m.

Police have charged a second teenager as an adult in connection with a fire that destroyed an Arkansas home and critically injured a woman.

Johnathan Shultz, 17, of Jonesboro was charged with arson, two counts of residential burglary, theft of a firearm and misdemeanor theft of $1,000 or less. Schultz was being held Thursday in the Craighead County jail in lieu of $75,000 bond.

Earlier this month, Gabriel Walton, 17, of Jonesboro was also charged as an adult in connection with the fire, according to a news release from the Jonesboro Fire Department. He is being held in the jail in lieu of $250,000 bond.

Shultz, Walton and an unidentified 16-year-old male were arrested on Oct. 10 as they walked past the Harrisburg Road home police say they set fire to two days earlier.

Firefighters initially responded after receiving a call from a witness, the agency said. The caller said he noticed the house fire and was able to notify the owner's daughter.

The owner's daughter ran into the burning house and had to be rescued by the Jonesboro Fire Department, according to a probable cause affidavit. Police said the woman was resuscitated on scene and was placed into the Intensive Care Unit at the Med in Memphis with life-threatening injuries.

Police said the woman is still receiving treatment at the hospital.

Fire marshals found signs of forced entry and discovered that the home had been "ransacked and vandalized," according to the department.

During the investigation, the marshals saw three minors walking nearby during school hours, authorities said.

One of them, Shultz, was stopped a short time later and found to be in possession of items taken during a burglary at a nearby home, the affidavit said.

In that break-in, a back window was broken out, "which was similar to the" Harrisburg Road burglary, police wrote.


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