FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) -The FBI arrested Katestrant Barefield after executing a warrant at a residence on Betty Jo Drive. Authorities said the warrant was issued around 6 a.m. Wednesday (July 30).
Barefield was arrested on felony possession of a firearm, according to Debra Green, public affairs specialist with the FBI. Records show that Barefield has been arrested five times since 2010 and faced 22 misdemeanor charges including possession of controlled substances, driving while under the influence of drugs and third degree domestic battery.
John Anthony Baker witnessed the raid around daybreak Wednesday and said he saw around 15 officers in uniform including local police and the SWAT team.
“Me and my fiancee actually heard something that sounded like a gun shot to me,” Baker said.
Other neighbors that spoke with 5NEWS said they saw and heard the FBI use a flash bang, but that has not been confirmed by authorities. Baker said all of the men involved in the raid were armed.
“All of them had bulletproof vests on,” Baker said, “We saw lights and there was unmarked vehicles that we found out were FBI because I saw an FBI agent get out of one.”
Sheila Scales also lives on Betty Jo Drive and said she noticed activity late Tuesday night.
“I just saw a lot of strange cars that just kept coming by that we normally didn’t see,” Scales said.
She said she was worried most for her children and other children to be out on the streets with this much police activity in her neighborhood.
“It’s a lot of families over here and single mothers with children,” Scales said, “It’s just, you know, we want to know what’s going on so we can be aware for our kids.”
Barefield is being held at the Washington County Detention Center on a $3500 bond. His first court appearance is set for August 1. His arraignment hearing is scheduled for August 18.