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Hempstead Co., Ark. residents worry about unresolved stabbing case

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Hempstead County residents Aaron and Tonya Griffee expressed concerns about what happened inside their neighbor's house. Hempstead County residents Aaron and Tonya Griffee expressed concerns about what happened inside their neighbor's house.
HEMPSTEAD CO., AR (KSLA) -

A search continues for two men accused of severely stabbing a 19-year-old man at his home in Hempstead County, Arkansas. Their freedom has residents on edge.

Aaron and Tonya Griffee live in the Deann community and express concerns about what happened inside their neighbor's house.

On Monday, their 19-year-old neighbor, Timothy Arnett, returned home to find a strange vehicle in the back yard. He noticed the back door of the house was kicked open and, according to Hempstead deputies, Arnett went inside and confronted the two alleged burglars.

"During the scuffle with one of the perpetrators, he was stabbed by the other one," says Hempstead County Sheriff's Department Capt. Frank McJunkins.

McJunkins says that, after the stabbing, the two men left the house in a red Ford Ranger pickup truck. Arnett was taken to St. Michael's hospital in Texarkana for treatment.

McJunkins says he believes that this burglary is related to other burglaries in the area.

"Because that is generally what these bad buys do. They keep hitting places the same way in the same area until some pressure runs them off."

Deann resident Aaron Griffee says he is "concerned about being a possible victim" and about "the kids."

The Griffee family say they are going to make some adjustments in their rural lifestyle.

Griffee says his family will "keep the doors locked, keep an eye out, be a little more suspicious [about] who is driving by and what they are wanting."

Says McJunkins: "Hopefully, we can catch up with these guys pretty soon, because this is a real serious situation."

Deputies are looking for a red Ford Ranger pickup with Duck Head stickers in the back window.

If you have information about this crime, call your local police department.

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