This story caught our eye. It appeared September 4, 2014, in the Jonesboro Sun. It was written by Sun reporter Dustin Azlin, and was titled ‘Police accuse man of trying to run down witnesses.’ – Burkasrugly
A suspect decided to represent himself in court after police accused him of breaking into his girlfriend’s home, smearing his blood on her face and attempting to hit two witnesses as he made his getaway.
When Craighead County Judge Keith Blackman asked if Lakhraj Manohar, 40, 109 N. Rogers St., (the local mosque is located at 118 N. Rogers) wanted to request a public defender, the suspect said he had already found an attorney.
“I will represent myself your honor,” he told the judge.
Blackman told the man it would be wise to hire an attorney, but the suspect insisted he would represent himself.
“I’m being accused of something I didn’t do,” he kept telling the judge. But the suspect’s girlfriend told police a different story Tuesday night.
She said Manohar tried to get her to let him in her home in the 300 block of State Street earlier Tuesday, but she refused.
That’s when she said he broke one of her windows, reached in to unlock the door and let himself in.
When he broke the window, he cut his hands on the broken glass.
After he entered his girlfriend’s home she said he started yelling at her.
She said he then smeared his blood on her face and her before he left the apartment.
Two witnesses told police they saw Manohar break into the victim’s home.
They told police he immediately got into his vehicle and drove directly at them, nearly striking both witnesses.
Manohar was detained later Tuesday night at St. Bernards Medical Center, where he was receiving treatment for his injury.
The suspect appeared before Judge Blackman on Wednesday. Blackman said there was sufficient evidence to charge Manohar with residential burglary and two counts of aggravated assault.
If convicted, he could face up to 20 years in prison for the forced entry.
When Jonesboro Detective Chris Poe first interviewed the suspect about the case, Manohar refused to sign any paperwork the officer placed in front of him.
“I have no idea what I’m being charged with,” he told the judge when asked about the accusations. “I’m being accused of things I didn’t do.”
He is slated to appear in court October 30 and his bond was set at $7,500.
Blackman also ordered him not to contact his girlfriend.
Until next time,