A 24-year-old Conway man accused of kidnapping his son at knifepoint will stand trial in October.
Yimi Antonio Navarro-Cruz was charged with kidnapping following a February incident where police say Navarro-Cruz, who is a non-custodial parent, kidnapped his 1-year-old son at knifepoint.
Navarro-Cruz, who is represented by attorney Robert Tellez, stood in shackles before Circuit Judge Charels "Ed" Clawson Jr. on Thursday afternoon as Tellez handled a number of house-keeping motions.
Of the motions discussed Thursday, including a notice of the defense's intent to cross examine the prosecution's witnesses and for a copy of all evidence in this, Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Joan Shipley did not object to any of the motions at hand.
During the hearing, Shipley and Tellez said both parties were prepared to set a trial date in this matter.
Tellez told court officials the defense did not see the case taking any longer than two days.
Clawson set out an October jury trial in the matter, while also scheduling a precautionary pretrial hearing at 1 p.m. Sept. 4 to handle any other motions filed in Navarro-Cruz's case between Thursday's hearing and his October jury trial.
Authorities previously told the Log Cabin Democrat that Navarro-Cruz is accused of kidnapping his 1-year-old son, who is now 3 years old, at knifepoint around 4:45 a.m. Feb. 7, 2017. The boy's mother told police Navarro-Cruz threatened her with a "6-8 inch hunting knife" before fleeing her residence on Merriman Street in Conway.
An Amber Alert was issued for the small boy. However, it was soon deactivated after the boy was found safe.
Police pinged Navarro-Cruz’s phone and believed he was traveling along Interstate 30.
The Arkadelphia Police Department (APD) recognized the four-door 2003 Volkswagen Jetta that Navarro-Cruz was driving as the vehicle mentioned in the Amber Alert. The Conway Police Department had also contacted APD and warned the police department Navarro-Cruz may be driving through.
APD pulled over Navarro-Cruz and arrested him.
Conway police picked up Navarro-Cruz in Arkadelphia later that day. The boy was returned to his mother’s custody.
Navarro-Cruz's two-day jury trial will begin in Faulkner County Circuit Court at 9 a.m. Oct. 15.