Man Arrested for Threatening Bentonville Police

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A Bentonville Man was arrested Thursday night after he threatened to shoot staff members at the Bentonville Police Department.

According to Lieutenant Michael Martin with the Bentonville Police 32-year-old William Robert Barrett threatened the staff as he came to pick up his possessions from a prior arrest.

Police say Barrett had been arrested previously for public intoxication.  Lt. Martin says Barrett had come to claim his property from the arrest around 8:20 p.m. Thursday night when he claimed officers had stolen his carton of cigarettes.

Lt. Martin says when officers tried to reason with them he wouldn’t listen and began pounding on the station’s glass and shouting expletives at officers.  He went on to say that Barrett told the staff members he was going to get a shotgun and kill everyone at the station.

Police say he then ran out to the roadway in front of Hwy. 102 by the police department  Martin says because of the threat he was posing to traffic and his refusal to cooperate with authorities had to taze him. 

When authorities went to arrest Barrett they say that he was found to have K2 on him as well as rolling paper, so he was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to the Benton County Police website, his full charges are third degree assault, misdemeanor disorderly conduct, misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and first degree terroristic threatening.

According to Lt. Martin, Barrett is a homeless resident.