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Attempted murder suspect from Monroe area arrested in Arkansas



MONROE, La.- A man wanted in connection with an attempted murder in Ouachita Parish was arrested in Arkansas.

According to Walnut Ridge, Ark., Police Chief Jordan Cooksey, officers arrested 23-year-old Tony Ballard, of Monroe.

Cooksey said Ballard fled from officers in a stolen truck out of Searcy, Ark., then ran off the road into a nearby fence. Officers caught him and took him into custody on suspicion of felony fleeing, reckless driving, and theft by receiving. He may be facing a theft charge in Searcy, Cooksey said.

The Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office says Ballard is accused of violently attacking a man, causing serious injuries. According to court records, the attack happened on the morning of Dec. 5, 2020, on West Hickory Street in the Bawcomville area. The suspect is accused of going to the victim’s home and getting into an argument with the victim outside before stabbing him multiple times.

Records indicate that the suspect then tried to follow the fleeing victim inside, but the homeowner chased him off with a stick. The victim had to be airlifted to Shreveport for treatment.

Ballard is facing a charge of attempted second-degree murder in the case.