Chapin transferred to state mental hospital
A Eureka Springs man who was arrested in April 2014 after he allegedly told police that God instructed him to kidnap and rape the owner of a local business has been committed to the Arkansas State Hospital after a judge ruled that he was not mentally fit to stand trial.
Cory Kristopher Chapin, 43, was transferred from the Carroll County Detention Center to the state hospital on July 9, according to Carroll County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Maj. George Frye.
Carroll County Circuit Judge Scott Jackson issued an order on Feb. 9 declaring that Chapin was not fit to stand trial and remanding him to the custody of the state Department of Human Services.
Frye said that after Jackson's order, Chapin remained in the Carroll County jail until a bed opened at the state hospital.
In his order, Jackson referred to a mental evaluation conducted by Dr. Cara Hartsfield of Fayetteville.
"Based on the evaluation performed by (Hartsfield), it has been determined that the Defendant lacks the fitness to proceed at this time," Jackson's ruling says. "... The proceedings against the defendant are suspended and he is hereby committed to the custody of the Director of the Department of Human Services for detention, care and treatment until restoration of fitness to proceed."
Jackson's ruling calls for the Department of Human Services to report back to the court if Chapin regains his fitness to proceed within 10 months from the date of the ruling. If not, DHS will report 10 months from the date of the ruling whether Chapin's mental condition precludes him from becoming fit to proceed and whether he presents a danger to himself or others.
Chapin was arrested on April 25, 2014, at Lake Leatherwood City Park after his father reported that Chapin had stolen the father's car as well as some prescriptions, a debit card and cash.
Officers found Chapin driving the stolen car, and a search of the turned up the prescription belonging to his father as well as baggies containing alleged marijuana, handcuffs, machetes and a plastic handgun with the red barrel painted black.
While in the patrol car on his way to jail, Chapin allegedly told an Arkansas State Police trooper that he had "just stopped a kidnapping" and explained that he had the handcuffs in his car in order to restrain the woman he was about to kidnap. The woman owns a Eureka Springs business, where Chapin had been a customer a few times, he told police.
After arriving at the Eureka Springs police station, Chapin was interviewed by Detective Thomas Achord, who since has become the chief of police. Speaking for about 45 minutes, Chapin explained he was frequently spoken to by God and discussed "how he views his name, numbers and signs given him by God," the police affidavit of probable cause states.
After telling Achord that God had instructed him to kill his children several years earlier, he explained that he had planned to use a hose from his van to "sacrifice" his children, but at the last minute a police officer arrived to arrest him on an outstanding warrant.
Chapin told police he read the Bible and the dictionary and he "received signs from every first, seventh and 16th word." He insisted on explaining all of this to Achord, the police report states, and Chapin said "he had no fear so he would do anything God would tell him."
Chapin told Achord that a few days prior, "God told him to kidnap" the intended victim, "have sex with her and make her listen to his story." Chapin, the police report states, told Achord he "was meant to do it" and "that he would have let her go after he was done."
So the night before, Chapin said, he had stolen some cash, medication, a debit card and the vehicle from his dad. He had just returned from a sporting goods store in Rogers where he bought a sleeping bag "to put (the victim) in while he kept her," the police report states. Chapin told police he had the handcuffs to restrain the victim with and had painted the red barrel on the plastic gun to make it look real so he could force her to go with him.
He had been driving back from Rogers and when he passed the salon at exactly 11:09; Chapin said that was a sign meaning 911, the police report states. "He said he knew that meant something. He said there was another car in front of the (business she owns), so he drove to Leatherwood Park to wait," and that is when police officers arrived.
Chapin also told police he had seen "shrinks" and had been diagnosed as schizophrenic and bipolar. He told Achord he just wanted someone to listen to his story and try to understand that he was "selected by God." He ended the interview by saying he figured he would be going to prison for kidnapping, the police report states.