Local residents allegedly attacked in separate incidents

Monday, December 30, 2019

By Samantha Jones


Carroll County residents were attacked in two separate instances in 2019 and the Citizen has followed each story every step of the way.

Officers with the Tri-City Response Team surrounded a residence on the Eureka Springs Historic Loop for several hours on Sept. 25, resulting in three arrests. Sebastian Octavia Valentino, 49, was booked into the Carroll County Detention Center on a charge of first-degree battery and John Callahan, 67, and Marilyn Sloas, 49, were booked on felony charges of hindering apprehension or prosecution and tampering with physical evidence.

The arrests stem from the alleged stabbing of David Sjoberg on Sept. 25, at the Iron Horse Stables on Highway 62 between Berryville and Eureka Springs.

Formal charges were later filed against Valentino and Callahan, and charges are expected to be filed against Sloas.

Valentino, who already faced multiple charges from three previous incidents in 2019, pleaded not guilty during an arraignment hearing before Carroll County Circuit Judge Scott Jackson on Nov. 18. Jackson denied a request to reduce Valentino’s bond from $500,000, which was ordered by Carroll County District Judge Dale Ramsey on Sept. 30. Valentino remains in custody in the Carroll County Detention Center in Berryville. His next court appearance is scheduled for 9 a.m. Monday, Jan. 6, in Berryville.

Callahan was released from jail on a $10,000 bond on Oct. 4. He pleaded not guilty at at arraignment hearing Dec. 9 in Carroll County Circuit Court, and is scheduled to appear before Jackson for a pretrial hearing at 9 a.m. Monday, Jan. 13, in Eureka Springs.

Just a couple of months later on Nov. 2, a Eureka Springs man was arrested on multiple charges including aggravated robbery and second-degree battery stemming from an alleged attack on a local street musician. Kenny Alan Doke, 44, is accused of attacking and robbing Zamarath "Zam" Thoth on Oct. 24.

On Nov. 4, Doke appeared before Carroll County District Judge Dale Ramsey, who set bond at $150,000. At Doke's arraignment hearing on Dec. 4, Jackson reduced Doke's bond to $25,000 and ordered Doke to have no contact with Thoth. Doke was later released on bond from the county jail. His next court appearance is scheduled for 9 a.m. Monday, Jan. 13, in Carroll County Circuit Court in Eureka Springs.

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