A joy ride from Horseshoe Bend to Kansas City Mo., in a stolen vehicle June 21 may result in jail time for a Horseshoe Bend man, his father, son and brother.
Terry Barnes, 40, has been charged with theft of property, auto, a class C felony: and one count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, a class A misdemeanor.
"This is quite a deal," said Horseshoe Bend Police Chief Fred Mitchell Jr. "We're definitely going to pursue other charges in this case. It's just a matter of finishing the investigation."
According to the arrest affidavit, Barnes' brother, Phillip Barnes, stole a 2002 GMC Envoy, owned by Teresa Harguess of Melbourne, from the parking lot of the nursing home in Horseshoe Bend.
After stealing the Envoy, Phillip Barnes drove to his father's house where he picked up Terry Barnes and 17-year-old Reeves Barnes, Terry's son, for a ride, said Lt. Carl Boles with the Horseshoe Bend Police Department.
The trio drove to Wiseman and then to West Plains, Mo., before deciding to go to Kansas City, Boles said.
He said the three were drinking beer during the trip.
Before they arrived in Kansas City, Phillip Barnes stole a black van in Collins, Mo., and drove off after they got into an argument, Terry Barnes told investigators, according to Boles.
He said Terry Barnes and Reeves Barnes tried to catch Phillip Barnes and attempted to run him off the road near Osceola, Mo., but were unsuccessful.
Boles said Terry Barnes then decided to take his son to visit his mother in Olathe, Kan.
While in Olathe, Reeves Barnes was arrested and charged with for public intoxication and obstruction of justice.
Terry Barnes left his son in Kansas and came back to Horseshoe Bend, Mitchell said.
"After he sobered up he told his parents what he did," Mitchell said. "He (Barnes) and his father (Jackie Barnes) took the Envoy to Tri-Lakes Road where they left it in the woods. He just hoped the whole thing would go away."
Authorities in Missouri told Arkansas investigators that Phillip Barnes was in custody after stealing the van and burglarizing two houses in Missouri after parting ways with his brother and nephew, Boles said.
It has been an eventful spring and early summer for Terry Barnes.
In April Johnny Schales, 22, and Steven Meek, 47, were charged with felony battery in the second degree after they allegedly attacked Terry Barnes.
Barnes received injuries to his face that required multiple surgeries to repair, Mitchell said.
He said Barnes' injuries have healed "significantly" in the last two months.
"But he has got some other problems now," Mitchell said.
Barnes is currently being held in the Izard County Detention Center in lieu of a $3,000 bond. Barnes is slated to appear July 18 in Izard County Circuit Court.
Mitchell said Phillip Barnes, Reeves Barnes and Jackie Barnes may all be charged in connection with the case.