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Four black student-athletes, who are going door-to-door in their Present community and to raise funds were held at gunpoint and forced to the ground by a white woman until the police arrived at the scene, officials said.
The teens then went through to Wynne, a town about 100 miles northeast of Little Rock, at 10 a.m., Aug. 7 in order to raise money for their high school football team and Sis, Kelly, 46, was stopped to them.
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Investigators responded to a “suspicious person” report, in order to find the young men, two of them were wearing football jerseys, according to the officials of the school to the ground, and a woman with a gun, according to police. An officer asked the people to stand up and she laid down, they were selling discount cards for their school’s sports program.
Jerri Kelly, 46, was arrested and hit with various charges, reportedly after forcing the four young men who were fundraising down to the ground, and holds them at gunpoint.
Cross County Sheriff’s Office)
“We were afraid,” one of the teenagers told the police, as The Washington Post reported. “I thought they were going to shoot me in the head, and see how they go.”
The boys told authorities Kelly called to them, telling them to get to work and spread out their legs and put their arms behind their backs, and calling them liars when they said that they had been fund-raising for the school. When one of the boys allegedly attempted to swatting a mosquito, the Kelly allegedly told him that she would shoot if he did not stop moving.
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A responding officer recognized one of the boys said that they would be able to get up and walk over to his patrol vehicle, the Post reported, citing a police investigation. At that point, Kelly reportedly called for them to return, and began to lecture about how her actions weren’t racially motivated.
The warrant for Kelly’s arrest on charges of aggravated assault, false imprisonment and endangering the welfare of a minor in connection with an investigation, and she turned herself in Aug. 12, the Cross County Sheriff’s Department Captain Jeff Nichols said. She was released that night on $10,000 bond.
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Kelly is a woman of Cross County, the Jail Administrator, Joseph Kelly is not in her mugshot, taken up later, because she had a “medical emergency,” but she was always booked, he said Nichols. The following response of the community in which they are to receive preferential treatment, Because returning to the prison on Thursday, after its first appearance, has her mugshot taken.
“They have been commanded to do the same booking process and the procedures to which everyone is brought into our facility,” said Nichols. “She received no special treatment.”
It was not immediately clear what the medical emergency was to prevent Kelly from getting her picture taken, but her brother told WHBQ-TV in which Kelly has been cleared and is suffering from a severe attack. He also stated, Kelly was threatened by the children.
Her husband has resigned from his position on Friday, according to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Cross-County-Sheriff-David-West said, the jail administrator did not do anything wrong, but, to his wife, and the way in which it blew up, he decided that it was for the best.”
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Kelly allegedly told police in a statement that they are “sorry” after learning that they had the funds, but said that the guys weren’t acting as such at the first meeting.”
The superintendent of the Wynne School District, said the district’s plans to stop door-to-door fund-raisers because of the incident.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.