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Threat of head chopping leads to to jail for Sherwood man

A 39-year-old Sherwood man was arrested on Dec. 3 on domestic-related charges after he allegedly held a woman in their home against her will and threatened to chop her head off.

According to a police report filed by Sherwood Police Officer Jeremy Farquharson, officers arrested Christopher Mansfield, 111 Almond Cove, Apt. C., on charges of first-degree false imprisonment (C Felony), first-degree assault on a household or family member, first-degree terroristic threatening (C Felony) and possession of a controlled substance (D Felony).

At 10:11 a.m. police were dispatched to the lobby of the police department in reference to assisting a citizen.

“Upon arrival, I made contact with Misty Sanders,” reported Farquharson. “Sanders stated that the father of her five-year-old child, Christopher Mansfield, held her against her will at her apartment.”

Sanders said in the past Mansfield has physically abused her and that she was in fear for her life.

“Sanders stated that on Feb. 2, 2012, after an argument, Mansfield stood in front of the only exit to her apartment to where she would not be able to leave at 111 Almond Cove Apt. C,” according to the report. “Mansfield threatened to ‘chop her head off’ if she made any attempt to call for help or escape.

Sanders told police that she knew from previous experience that he would try to harm or even kill her.

“Mansfield continually screamed and yelled at Sanders,” according to the report. “Sanders was held there from approximately 3 p.m. to approximately 4 p.m. when she finally was able to calm Mansfield down and leave the apartment.”

After Sanders left the apartment, she was still too afraid to contact police, she reported.

Detective Jamal Hockaday also obtained a statement from Sanders.

Both Farquharson and Hockaday went to Almond Cove to try and make contact with Mansfield when they observed him sitting in a chair in front of 109 Almond Cove.

Officers placed him under arrest. While searching him prior to putting him in the back of the police cruiser, he was found with a small clear cellophane wrapper in his right front coin pocket. The cellophane wrapper contained a crystal-like substance, which appeared to be methamphetamine.

Once at the station, police weighed the methamphetamine and determined it to be 0.3 grams. The methamphetamine was submitted into evidence and sent to the Arkansas State Crime Lab for further analysis.

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