Police Sting Nabs Suspect Accused Of Threatening Man’s Grandchildren
Police arrested a Fayetteville man they say threatened to hurt another man’s grandchildren if he did not give him valuable jewelry, hatching an elaborate scheme in the process.
Miles McCutcheon, 26, was arrested Monday on suspicion of robbery and terroristic threatening. He was released the same day from the Washington County Detention Center on $3,500 bond.
A man living on Angela Street in Springdale called police Sunday to report that a man in a ski mask rang his doorbell and ran off. When officers arrived, they found a note under a rock that said if the man did not give the suspect metals, jewels, gold and silver from his home and workplace, he would hurt the man’s grandchildren, according to a preliminary report from the Washington County Prosecutor’s Office.
McCutcheon works at White’s Jewelry in Rogers, according to the preliminary report.
The note asked the man to put the valuables in a bag and leave it on a picnic table near Lake Atalanta in Rogers the following night. Police set up a sting at the picnic table location on the night of New Year’s Eve and left a duffle bag on the table. When McCutcheon picked up the bag and turned to leave, police arrested him, the preliminary report states.
McCutcheon later admitted to police that he set up the scheme and wrote the threatening letter, according to the preliminary report. He told police he hid in the nearby woods while waiting for the bag to be dropped off at the picnic table location.