A Pecan Street man remained in custody at the Clark County Detention Center for first-degree battery Monday. Detectives say Timothy Mobley, 20, of 1408 Pecan St., stabbed 44-year-old Emmit Gillis in the neck during an early Sunday morning altercation.
At about 12:22 a.m. Sunday, officers with the Arkadelphia Police Department were summoned to 15th and O'Connell streets, where callers advised a bloodied white male was walking down the street with a shotgun.
Officers responded, making contact with Mobley at 15th and Pecan streets and ordering him to drop his weapon. He complied and advised that he was attacked by a man with a knife on O'Connell Street. During the struggle, he told police that he took the knife from the man and stabbed him at least once, according to Sgt. Roy Bethell, APD criminal investigator.
Paramedics with Baptist Health Medical Center-Arkadelphia were called to the scene and discovered that the blood covering Mobley's face was not his and that he was not injured.
Mobley described his attacker as a 6-foot-tall white male; he didn't know his name but did know a mutual friend who lived at Pioneer Inn, Bethell said, adding that officers and paramedics went to the motel and made contact with Gillis.
Gillis, who also was covered in blood, suffered a single stab wound to his neck. Bethell said that, although Gillis was "bleeding profusely" he refused medical treatment. Instead, he packed the wound with sugar to alleviate the bleeding.
"He appeared to be OK," Bethell said of Gillis' condition.
Gillis was taken into custody for questioning. "Ultimately, there was a gathering or a party on Pecan Street," Bethell said. "There was some type of disturbance that occurred about an hour prior to the initial call, according to neighbors."
Mobley reportedly left the scene of the stabbing and walked to his house to get a shotgun, Bethell said, adding that officials weren't certain what Mobley had planned.
Asked what caused the altercation between Mobley and Gillis, Bethell said he was "not real sure. … According to the suspect, the victim and witnesses, they said it was gang issues. … They all claimed to be involved in the Aryan Brotherhood."
The Aryan Brotherhood is a violent white supremacist gang that was formed within the California state prison system in the late 1960s, according to the FBI's website.