PICTURED: White woman, 46, is charged with assault after pulling a gun on four ‘suspicious’ black teens who were going door-to-door to raise funds for their high school football team
- Jerri Kelly, 46, was arrested after holding a gun on four black teenagers selling restaurant coupons to raise money for the local football team
- On August 7, Kelly called authorities to report ‘suspicious persons’ in her neighborhood
- She then held four teenagers at gunpoint and told them to lay on the ground with their hands behind their backs until authorities came
- When officers arrived, they told teenagers to stand up and took them home
- Kelly was arrested five days later for aggravated assault, false imprisonment and endangering the welfare of a minor
- Kelly could not take her mugshot during her arrest because of ‘medical conditions’, but took it on Thursday after community backlash
Jerry Kelly (pictured), 46, was arrested after pulling a gun on four black teenagers who were going door to door selling coupons to raise money for the local football team
A white woman from Arkansas was arrested and charged with assault five days after she held a gun on four black teenagers who were going door-to-door to raise money for the high school football team.
Jerri Kelly, the wife of an Arkansas jail administrator, called law enforcement on August 7 to report ‘suspicious persons’, according to authorities.
The persons in question were four teenagers from Wynne High School, who were going door-to-door selling restaurant coupons to help raise money for the football team.
Two of the four boys were wearing their football jerseys during the incident, according to the Wynne School District.
The 46-year-old allegedly drew her gun and ordered the boys to lay on the ground.
Kelly called authorities to report ‘suspicious persons’ on August 7 in Wynne and proceeded to hold four teenagers at gunpoint outside her home, pictured, until authorities arrived
After the altercation, the Wynne School District is considering stopping door-to-door fundraisers to keep students safe. Pictured is a play by the Wynne High School football team
When authorities arrived, they found the four teenagers on the ground with their arms behind their backs and Kelly standing over them with a gun.
The responding police officers let the children stand up and took them home.
Kelly was arrested five days later with four counts of aggravated assault, false imprisonment and endangering the welfare of a minor, WREG reported
Cross County Sheriff’s Department Captain Jeff Nichols said the mugshot of Kelly was not taken on Monday after her arrest because she had a ‘medical emergency.’
She returned to have her mugshot taken after her initial court appearance on Thursday morning due to backlash from the community.
Nichols said, ‘”She was afforded the same booking process and procedures as anyone that’s brought into our facility. She received no preferential treatment.”
The Associated Press reported that the Wynne School District Superintendent Carl Easley said ‘the district is considering stopping door-to-door fundraisers’ in light of the incident.