Living Hope brings Joshua Cox home; doesn't tell authorities
The Mammoth Spring man accused of trying to burn down his girlfriend's house while her son was sleeping inside is back in Fulton County Jail as of May 31 after being captured by Fulton County deputies near Mammoth Spring.
Fulton County Sheriff Walter Dillinger said Joshua Cox, 27, of Mammoth Spring had been sent to the Izard County Detention Facility May 5 to make room in the jail for the expected arrests Memorial Day weekend.
Izard County authorities turned Cox back over to Fulton County authorities May 23 after he damaged camera equipment in his cell and behaved belligerently at the Izard County Detention Center, Dillinger said.
Dillinger said Fulton County deputies picked up Cox and took him to the Sharp County Mental Health Clinic in Ash Flat the same day Izard County released him back into their custody. The clinic suggested Cox be taken somewhere else, so deputies Jason Martin and Terry Walker took him to Living Hope in Little Rock, Dillinger said.
Dillinger said Living Hope is a rehabilitation and mental health facility. He said Cox was prescribed medication while he was at the facility.
Workers from Living Hope took Cox to his mother's home in Mammoth Spring and dropped him off without alerting authorities, Dillinger said.
"They should have notified us. He could be dangerous," Dillinger said. A Living Hope spokesman would not comment, citing patient confidentiality laws.
The Fulton County Sheriff's Office received a call from Cox's mother. "She called and said he was breaking windows out of vehicles," Dillinger said. Deputies James Laney, James Cantrell and Terry Walker went to the Cox residence to take him into custody.
By the time deputies reached the Cox residence, he was gone. Cox was later arrested at a cabin owned by his father near Mammoth Spring off Highway 63. Dillinger said Cox did not resist arrest.
Dillinger said Cox has not been a problem since he's back at Fulton County Jail. "He's acting normal. He was separated from other prisoners before, but now he acts better with some of them," Dillinger said. "He's getting along with them real good." Dillinger said the inmates share a common area in the jail where they socialize and play cards together.
There are currently three prisoners at the Fulton County Jail, Cox, Stephen Smith and Richard Mask.
Dillinger said Cox will likely face charges for breaking into a church between the time he was at his mother's home and his arrest. Cox will be sent to Searcy for mental evaluation, Dillinger said.
Cox's troubles stem from a March 17 incident at the Salem home of his then girlfriend, Denise Pawloski.
Authorities said Cox and Pawloski left the residence after an argument.
Pawloski's sister, who was at a neighbor's home, said she witnessed Cox return and crawl through a window in the home. She said he then left through the front door.
Pawloski, her sister and her 14-year-old daughter entered the home shortly after and found smoke coming from a fire set in a closet, according to authorities.
Authorities said Cox fled to Illinois after the incident, where he appeared at his father's home. His father told him to leave the property and contacted Peoria County authorities, Fulton County Sheriff Walter Dillinger said.
Cox was later found and arrested at a Caterpillar plant in Mossville, Ill. He was kept in the Peoria County Jail until Fulton County deputies brought him back to Arkansas.