Starkville man accused of attempted kidnapping at local school

John B. Arnold, Jr.
SDN Staff Report
Staff Writer

A Starkville man is facing charges of attempted kidnapping after being arrested on Friday.

The Starkville Police Department arrested 45-year-old John B. Arnold, Jr. after he was accused of trying check out a student at Sudduth Elementary without the guardian's permission, according to court documents obtained by the Starkville Daily News through a public records request.

It is unclear at this time what Arnold's relationship to the child is.

Arnold was released from the Oktibbeha County Jail after bond was set at $100,000, according to SPD. However, Arnold's bond was revoked on Tuesday after the court claims he violated the terms of his bond. It is not yet known what specifically spurred the revocation.

SPD Public Information Officer Brandon Lovelady said Arnold was taken into custody around 8:45 p.m. on a felony warrant.

SPD says circumstances surrounding the incident are under active investigation, but investigators believe the incident to be isolated in nature.

He is scheduled to have an initial appearance in Starkville Municipal Court on Wednesday at 2 p.m.

If found guilty of attempted kidnapping, Arnold could face life in prison and $10,000 in potential fines, according Mississippi Code 97-3-53.