During a traffic stop over expired tags, the Conway Police Department arrested a 21-year-old Quitman man for having counterfeit money.
On Tuesday, an officer noticed the tags on a white GMC Yukon driving east on Robins Street were expired and pulled the vehicle over.
While speaking with the driver, the officer noted “an unloaded Glock 19” sitting on the dashboard of the Yukon. The driver said the gun was unloaded, however, the officer asked him to get out of the vehicle to put distance between the driver and the gun for safety reasons.
The driver complied but seemed nervous, according to the incident report. At this point, he mentioned “investigating a robbery” with the passengers prior to the traffic stop.
“[The driver] displayed several signs of nervousness during our encounter as he was shaking, stuttering and had trouble maintaining eye contact,” the officer wrote in his report. “[He] stated that the occupants of the car had come to Oakwood Village Trailer Park to investigate a robbery that had occurred in the county. Due to [the driver’s] nervousness, the handgun in the car, and the occupants admitting that they were in town to find someone they were upset with, I requested all occupants to exit the vehicle.”
While working to identify the passengers in the Yukon, the officer learned Austin Coughlin, 21, of Quitman initially provided the officer with an incorrect name and birthdate, leading to an obstruction of governmental operations charge. While arresting Coughlin, the officer found counterfeit money and also learned Coughlin had outstanding warrants out of Cleburne and Searcy counties.
Coughlin had “fake money” in his back pocket. The officer noted the two $100 bills and portions of $20 bills were “obviously fake.”
“The money was obviously fake as it was printed on regular, store-bought printer paper,” the officer said. “Also, the $20 bills only had one side and were white on the back. The $100 bills had matching serial numbers and the fronts of the $20’s had matching serial numbers.”
A man said his sister’s father-in-law threatened him while at the Faulkner County Justice Building on Tuesday.
Officers were called out just after 11:30 a.m. Tuesday in reference to a second-degree terroristic threatening case at the circuit court building.
The victim told officer’s his sister’s father-in-law threatened to sexually assault him and then kill him.
“[The victim] stated that he was awaiting court at approximately [9 a.m.] … [w]hen [the suspect] approached him and got face-to-face with him in an uncomfortable close manner,” according to the incident report.
The suspect allegedly told the victim: “I am going to rape you and then kill you.”
The victim said he was frightened by the encounter, noting the suspect had “a violent history.”
Because the victim did not know the suspect’s date of birth, officers had a difficult time positively identifying him. The victim said he would find out his sister’s father-in-law’s birthdate and update authorities on the case.