A Paris man was arrested Monday afternoon after allegedly holding a teenager at gunpoint on Friday night.
According to information provided by the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, two teenagers had stopped Friday night at the intersection of Highway 54 west of Paris and Trading Post Road to help out two stranded motorists that appeared to be stuck in the roadway.
One of the minors helped push the vehicle out of the way when Brandyn Carper, 39, 195 Trading Post Road, appeared at the scene, then grabbed the minor by the throat and held a gun to his head.
Carper subsequently let the teenager go and began shooting into the stranded vehicle, which did not have any people inside. Neither of the teenagers were injured.
Sheriff’s officers were notified of the assault at 8:45 p.m. Sunday, though Carper was taken to jail at 1:13 p.m. Monday from Henry County Medical Center, indicating he may have been injured at some point.
Carper was taken into custody by Sheriff’s Investigator Lt. Adam Jenkins and charged with aggravated assault, vandalism and reckless endangerment.
An investigation found that there was a physical altercation between the stranded motorists and people near Carper’s residence and the two teenagers became innocently involved when they stopped to help. Two other juveniles were charged with aggravated assault in relation to that altercation, according to the Sheriff’s Department.
Carper was given a bond set at $50,000, pending arraignment. His court date was not included in his arrest report.
In an unrelated incident, a Paris man was arrested Monday night after two Parisians caught him attempting to break into their home.
Joshua D. Vaughn, 27, 4460 Hwy. 77 south of Paris, was seen running onto the front porch of a house on VanDyke Road when the homeowners pulled into their driveway.
Vaughn then ran over to the victim’s shed and tried to get inside. According to an incident report by Sheriff’s Deputy Kyle Waldron, one of the owners grabbed a gun from inside the residence and had Vaughn lay on the ground until officers arrived at the scene.
Vaughn was found with paperwork belonging to the victims, including their boat registration and boat key, that had apparently been taken from the victim’s truck.
Waldron wrote in his report that there were markings on the front and back door of the house and it was apparent that Vaughn unsuccessfully tried to break in.
Vaughn also gave Waldron a false name, Social Security number and date of birth when questioned.
Vaughn was taken into custody at 6:04 p.m. and charged with aggravated burglary, criminal impersonation and a prior warrant for failure to appear. He also had active warrants from Benton County.