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Police respond to threats

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Authorities say man threatened he would kill everybody

Stephen C. Rainbolt, 35, of Gepp was arrested Sept. 21 after threatening to set fire to his own house located near the Fulton/Baxter County line, according to authorities.

Rainbolt was apprehended by Arkansas State Police Officers around 8 p.m.when he was found walking along the road near the Henderson Baptist Church, about a half mile from his residence at 31 Arber Lane.

Investigators interviewed Rainbolt's wife, Valerie, at approximately 9:30 p.m. the day of his arrest. She said that earlier in the day Rainbolt had made comments about burning down their house and committing suicide. She said that he locked himself in a bedroom that afternoon, and she decided to leave the residence with their two children when she heard gun fire and her husband say, "I can go alone or you can go with me."

Rainbolt allegedly made several calls to the Fulton County Sheriff's Department early that evening. While on the phone with the dispatcher during his first call, at about 5:44 p.m., Rainbolt was discharging a firearm inside of the home, saying he was going to burn down a house near the county line and "kill everybody."

Rainbolt added, "Tell the ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms) that David Koresh is back and he wants his revenge."

Rainbolt made several more calls to the department; he identified himself, demanded that the ATF be sent to his residence and threatened to begin shooting at cars traveling along Highway 62.

At approximately 6:47 p.m. the sheriff's department received a report of a fire at Rainbolt's residence. Shortly after 7 p.m., several area fire departments responded and extinguished the fire, and law enforcement from both Fulton and Baxter counties, along with the Arkansas State Police, surrounded Rainbolt's residence preparing for a standoff.

From approximately 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. authorities closed down the highway as Henderson firefighters walked down the line of traffic to explain that police wanted all civilians at least 200 feet away from the house to avoid any danger.

An investigation of the incident revealed that Rainbolt had been manufacturing illegal firearms. Several fully automatic weapons with no serial numbers, along with modified assault rifles, pistols, shotguns and ammunition, were found at his residence.

Rainbolt, who is currently being held without bond, is charged with arson, criminal use of prohibited weapons, possession of a defaced firearm, possession of a machine gun for offensive or aggressive purposes, first degree terroristic threatening and aggravated assault.

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