A police investigation into a stolen car that began in June 2019 resulted in the arrest of a man who was seen driving the vehicle.


Jarius Wayman, 28, had been held at the adult detention center on non-related charges since Friday made his initial court appearance on an allegation of theft by receiving Wednesday.


According to a probable cause affidavit from Detective Ryan Moheb, on June 13, 2019, a BOLO (Be On The Lookout) was broadcast on police radio and officers were told to look for a gray Hyundai Electra that had been reported stolen in Monticello. The vehicle was said to have a very distinctive personalized license plate BMELTON.


Officer Robert Henderson was on regular patrol saw a vehicle that matched the description at the Fast Mart at 101 N. Walnut St., parked at one of the gas pumps. Henderson moved to try and check the license plate but a man later identified as Wayman stepped in front of the plate and Henderson could only see the last two letters, ON.


When the car left, Henderson got behind it and was able to confirm that the vehicle was the one that had been reported stolen and attempted to stop it but the vehicle hit a van at 18th Avenue and Cypress Street and the driver and passenger fled on foot.


Video from the Fast Mart showed Wayman getting out of the car and entering the business, then later start to pump gas when Henderson arrived.


On July 9, the Arkansas Crime Laboratory confirmed that fingerprints lifted from the car belonged to Wayman.


Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $25,000 bond for Wayman Wednesday.