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Man charged with selling gun to juvenile

By The Arkadelphian

Felony charges were filed this week against an Arkadelphia man accused of selling a stolen pistol to a teenager.

Ja’rhealin Rheashon Hopper, 19, was charged this week with furnishing a deadly weapon to a minor, according to court documents on file at the Clark County Circuit Clerk’s Office.

Hopper was arrested following an April 19 investigation prompted by Cpl. Jimmy Shearin, a school resource officer assigned to Goza Middle School. An affidavit indicates Shearin was made aware that a juvenile was in possession of a firearm and contacted the juvenile’s guardian. According to the affidavit, the guardian told police she neither knew of the purchase, nor did she give Hopper consent to sell the firearm to the juvenile. The guardian, according to the affidavit, was able to locate the firearm and hand it over to police.

Police learned the .25 caliber pistol had been reported stolen in Louden County, located in eastern Tennessee. During the investigation police also learned that the juvenile had purchased the gun from Hopper using Cash App for $75.

Hopper was scheduled for arraignment Tuesday.

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