By Tenikka Smith
HELENA-WEST HELENA - A man in Helena-West Helena, Arkansas, is behind bars accused of shooting a registered sex offender he claims raped his young daughter.
The shooting happened on March 25, 2009, on Oakland Avenue. Police charged 26 year-old Jimmy Haynes with first degree battery for shooting his girlfriend's father, registered sex offender _____.
According to police reports, Haynes accused _____ of raping his young daughter. Police say Haynes confronted _____ at his home, pulled a gun, and shot him in the leg.
_____ had a trip to the hospital, but he did not go to jail.
In the state of Arkansas, _____ is listed as a registered sex offender. He was convicted of first degree sexual abuse. He is listed as a Level 3 offender, which means he has a high risk of re-offending.
Helena-West Helena investigators say they did not arrest _____ because there is no proof of the sexual assault of which Haynes is accusing him.
Police say this case should be a lesson to never take matters into your own hands. Detective Dennis Cox says, "An incident like this where matters were taken into their own hands, what they've done is more or less hurt themselves and their family. Because the seriousness of the situation it's a possibility the father is not going to be around for his children for a long time."
Jimmy Haynes is facing up to 20 years in prison if convicted of the felony battery charge.
- And I hope he serves every bit of it!