November 19, 2013 high school student going home early from school drove up probably on the biggest and scariest surprise of his life. Pulling into yard he noticed a small sports type vehicle charcoal gray in color which he did not recognize backed up close to his house. He observed white male coming out of home. He described one as being a Hispanic male which jumped into vehicle and took off and a white male running back into the home. Young man called his dad who in return contacted the Sheriff’s Department immediately. Upon arrival and clearing the house to assure suspect was not still in there it was discovered that entry had been made by prying open rear door of home. A brief walk through was conducted and found that every room which includes dresser drawers, desk, closets, cabinets, etc. had ben gone through with many items being taken totaling $500.00 or more.
Assuming that suspect had left residence through rear entrance of home we immediately set up perimeter around property and secured until we could get a K-9 unit in to help with search. Criminal Investigator Joey Nutt had finished his shift with the Morrilton Police Department and was on his way home in the New Dixie area. He had already been alerted to the situation by radio traffic. He spotted a white male crossing Highway 60 North from his field on the south side of Highway 60. Nutt contacted home owner requesting description of suspect. After learning that suspect matched description given, Sheriff Montgomery asked Nutt to please hold suspect until he could arrive at that location. Nutt requested home owner and son to come to area where suspect was detained and positive ID was made at that time. At this point suspect was arrested without further incident. Investigation is still ongoing and more arrest are expected to follow.
Sheriff Montgomery stated that if it had not been for the quick response of Home Owners, and the cooperation of Law Enforcement Agencies and Deputies Byrd, Nichols, Payne, Doughty, Perry Officer Rappold, Perryville Chief Mann, Johnson County K-9, and CID Joey Nutt, this suspect would have gotten away.
Schmidkunz is being held at this time at Detention Center on a $10,000.00 bond.