FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Major Lafayette Woods, Jr.
Operation Commander/Public Information Officer
JEFFERSON COUNTY MAN BURGLARIZES BUSINESS; STEALS CIRGARETTES AND CANDY, WHILE INFANT CHILD AND MOTHER ARE LEFT OUTSIDE: Jefferson County, Arkansas – March 5, 2015 - A Jefferson County man and woman were arrested on probable cause for charges of commercial burglary, 2nd degree domestic battery, and endangering the welfare of a minor Wednesday afternoon.
Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Deputies were dispatched to what initially appeared to be two (2) separate incidents; the first involving the burglary of DJ’s One Stop, located at 8885 US-79 South in Jefferson County, AR and the second in reference to a male and infant child sitting on the porch of a residence.
Deputies first arrived at the scene of the burglary, where video surveillance was reviewed and showed a white male later identified as Nicholas Crist (34) breaking into the business, while his infant child and the child’s mother later identified as Brandi Crist (29) waited outside. Items stolen during the burglary were cigarettes and candy bar(s).
Nicholas Crist and Brandi Crist with their child in hand left the business on foot. The couple with their infant child walked to a residence located in the 9000 block of Highway 54, where deputies were dispatched to following a call to 911 by the homeowner. The homeowner stated that she was alerted by the sound of her dogs barking. When the homeowner went to investigate, she stated that she observed a male lying on her porch asleep with a child positioned on top of him. The homeowner further stated that child began to scream and cry at which time Nicholas Crist could be heard by the homeowner yelling and cursing at the child telling him to shut up.
Deputies arrived at the residence to investigate. While at the residence, deputies noticed several serious scratches, cuts and burns about the child's body to include his head, hands, feet and back. Additionally, the child appeared to have some evidence of bruising along his lower right jaw and blisters on his hands. The child was transported by ambulance to the Jefferson Regional Medical Center (JRMC).
Both Nicholas and Brandi Crist were arrested on probable cause for commercial burglary, 2nd degree domestic battery, and endangering the welfare of a minor. Nicholas and Brandi Crist are currently being held at the W.C. “Dub” Brassell Adult Detention Center on $10,000.00 cash only bond each issued by the Honorable Judge Kimberly Bridgforth, Jefferson County District Court Division 1. A no contact order was issued and the couple has been ordered not to have any contact with the child. Both defendants are due back in court on April 1st 2015 at 9:00 a.m.
Watch Video Surveillance of Commercial Burglary of DJ's One Stop below.