Jonathan Lynn Horton, 27, of Cotter, Ark., was taken into custody at his place of employment around 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 6. Waiting until after the school busses had left the school with the children, approximately 18 officers from Baxter County, Ozark County and the Cotter Police Department surrounded the Cotter School and took the suspect into custody without incident. Horton was employed as a janitor at the school.
A joint investigation and manhunt by Ozark, Marion and Baxter counties was being conducted after an armed robbery occurred at the Outpost Convenience Store on May 5, on the Missouri/Arkansas State Line. Witnesses had stated that the suspect had fled south on State Highway 5 into Arkansas.
Shortly after noon on May 5, Ozark County Investigators received information and developed a suspect in Baxter County. Working with authorities from Baxter County and the Cotter Police Department, the suspect was identified and surveillance was put in place.
The suspect's vehicle, a green 2002 Saturn, was seized. A search warrant was obtained and executed at the suspect's residence in Cotter, at approximately 7:40 p.m. During the search of the residence, items were seized that were believed to have been used in the commission of the robbery, along with a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia.
Jonathan Lynn Horton was booked into the Baxter County Detention Facility on Baxter and Cotter charges of: Possession of Stolen Property-Firearm -- a Class B Felony, Possession of a Controlled Substance -- a Class C Felony, Possession of a Controlled Substance -- a Class A Misdemeanor, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (seven counts) -- a Class A Misdemeanor.
His bond was set at $25,000 on the Baxter/Cotter charges. A hold was placed on Horton for Ozark County authorities.
Shortly after being booked into the Detention Center, Horton waived extradition, was released and transported by Ozark County Deputies to the Ozark County jail.
The Baxter County Sheriff's Office received numerous tips and information from the public and issued a thank you to everyone who helped them capture Horton so quickly. "It is another example of the community partnering with law enforcement to help keep our communities safe," said Baxter County Sheriff, John Montgomery.