Police on hunt for third suspect following Jessieville man's murder | News
GARLAND COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) - Authorities are now looking for a third suspect in connection with the death of a missing 71-year-old man from Jessieville.
The Garland County Sheriff's Office issued a warrant of arrest for 21-year-old Chestly Gaston Junior of Jessieville. He's facing a capital murder charge, and the push is now on to find him.
"When he called, what did he sound like to you?" THV 11's Max Seigle asked.
"Calm, cool and collected," Sandra Breshears said.
That's how Sandra Breshears described hearing from her son recently after a phone call home to Jessieville. She said that there was no mention from her son, Chestly Gaston, Jr., of the capital murder charge he and two friends now face.
"I don't know what to think. If I see him, I'm going to go nuts," Breshears said.
Gaston is accused in the murder of 71-year-old Dan Roberson. Roberson was last seen last Tuesday at his Jessieville home.
"We don't believe this was a random act. We believe one of the individuals knew Mr. Roberson," said Sgt. Joel Ware with the Garland County Sheriff's Office.That individual would be Gaston, himself.
According to a confession from the two other suspects in custody, the three went to Roberson's home last Tuesday where Gaston allegedly strangled him and loaded his body into Roberson's truck. The confession went onto say that the three took off, and Gaston allegedly stabbed Roberson before dumping his body in a wooded area. The suspects then fled to Texas.
"Gaston should be considered armed and dangerous, and anyone coming in contact with Gaston should use extreme caution," Sgt. Ware said.
"Just come and do the right thing," Breshears said."If you didn't do it, prove it. If you did, do what you got to do. I mean if you did this, you've got to pay the crime."
His mother also said that she's known Roberson for a long time and had nothing but good things to say about him. She also said that she thinks her son is with one of her brothers in Texas, and she has family there who is looking for them.
The sheriff's office is offering a reward for anyone with information leading to Gaston's arrest.
As for the two other suspects in custody, they're 18-year-old Ethan Sallee of Hot Springs and a 17-year-old juvenile also from Hot Springs. Authorities plan to charge the juvenile as an adult.
More details on what happened were found in a "Facts Constituting Probable Cause" report that the sheriff's office distributed to the media Monday.
It indicated that Sallee and the 17-year-old confessed that on July 9, they went to Roberson's home with Gaston. They said Gaston strangled Roberson, and they loaded him into the bed of Roberson's truck. They said Gaston and Sallee took the truck to a wooded area off of Main Haul Road while the teen followed them in a car that they stole the night before.
According to officers, the stolen car was abandoned off Main Haul Road, and the three suspects drove Roberson's truck to another wooded area; Gaston allegedly stabbed Roberson there. Police said at another wooded area the three dumped Roberson's body and fled to Texas. But before they did that, the spent money taken from Roberson's pocket at some Hot Springs businesses.
Sallee and Glover said that when they arrived in Texas, Gaston abandoned them and told them to take Roberson's truck back to Arkansas. Sallee and Glover admitted that they dumped the car south of Arkadelphia and burned it. Authorities would later find the truck south of Gurdon on Highway 67 and it was partially burned.
Garland County Sheriff's Office received information from a civilian that the body of Mr. Roberson had been located in a remote wooded area off of Highway 7 in northern Garland County. Authorities also said some evidence shows Roberson was possibly stabbed and strangled but still waiting on official state crime lab report.
Roberson had been reported missing on Tuesday by family members.
Authorities had been searching a wooded area in the county after personnel items from Mr. Roberson's truck were found Thursday night.