A man arrested in Searcy County after a woman was found bound with zip ties at a residence in Leslie is now an inmate at the Baxter County Detention Center.
Electronic jail records indicate 47-year-old Frankie Ray Carmody, aka Frank R. Carmody, is being held on three failure to appear charges, as well as a hold for other agencies. Additional online court records show Carmody has been an absconder from Baxter County since 2007.
Identified as a Yuba City, California, resident in a Searcy County news release, Carmody’s booking information in Baxter County lists him as having a Harriet residence. A survey of court documents filed since 2007 indicates Carmody has bounced back and forth between several locations in Arkansas and California.
Carmody’s problems in Baxter County began in March of 2007 when he was arrested on felony charges of criminal attempt to manufacture methamphetamine and hindering apprehension or prosecution. According to a probable cause affidavit, Carmody was arrested outside a local business after purchasing pseudoephedrine. Carmody also purchased pseudoephedrine from other stores that day.
After telling authorities he had been driven around town by male subject he refused to identify, Carmody told investigators he “ate the pills for energy.” He said the unidentified subject was going to show him how to “break down the pills and pull the pseudoephedrine out,” so Carmody could eat the pseudoephedrine.
A co-defendant in the case later told authorities the men planned to make methamphetamine and had acquired materials to do so, some of which were located at a cabin in Gamaliel.
Carmody would plead guilty to the charges and be sentenced to probation. By the end of April 2007, the state had filed to revoke Carmody’s probation for failure to pay fees and fines, failing to report to his probation officer and committing new crimes, including criminal impersonation.
After being incarcerated in the Arkansas Department of Correction for different crimes, Carmody began a pattern of writing letters to the Baxter County Clerk’s Office. The letters attempted to explain why Carmody had become an absconder, including that his father had become ill and he had to move to Prescott. Carmody also asked his Baxter County sentence be adjusted, as he had multiple stints in prison, including time served in Texarkana and the ADC’s Tucker and Calico Rock units.
Carmody also attempted to have his fines reduced or eliminated, but was denied. In 2018, Carmody appeared several times in Baxter County Circuit Court as protracted legal wrangling occurred, including multiple continuances in the case.
In late June of this year, Carmody failed to appear, and a warrant was issued for his arrest. That warrant was finally served after Carmody was jailed for his alleged offenses in Searcy County.