Cash-only bond set in disturbance at Tyson plant


A $100,000 cash-only bond was set Tuesday for a man who allegedly attacked a co-worker at Tyson Foods after allegedly cursing supervisors and forcing his way out of a room at the plant where the supervisors were trying to talk to him.

Javeon Shelton, 21, also allegedly picked up a handful of rocks and threw them at a door of the building when he was escorted out, striking the door and a worker who was coming out of it.

According to the police report, a shot was fired at the building and struck a window, but Shelton denied having a gun or shooting at the building, Detective Larry Gailey said in a probable-cause affidavit presented Tuesday in Pine Bluff District Court.

District Judge John Kearney set the bond after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge Shelton with aggravated assault.

Gailey said in the affidavit that police were called to Tyson’s plant at 5505 Jefferson Parkway on Sunday at 11:15 p.m., after a female worker there had complained to supervisors that Shelton had cursed and threatened her.

The affidavit said Shelton was called in and asked to write a statement concerning the alleged incident and said he could not write it, then was told he would be sent home for the night.

Gailey said Shelton told the supervisors “he should have slapped the female,” then cursed the supervisors and hit a table before forcing his way out of the room. He allegedly ran back to the area where the female was working and when the supervisors reached that area, they saw Shelton beating the female. The affidavit said the supervisors had to pull Shelton off the female and escort him out the door.

The affidavit said a guard at the gate was instructed not to let Shelton back in and the guard reported hearing a shot.

Police found a hole in a lunchroom window and a spent projectile on the floor under the window, the affidavit said.

When officers from Pine Bluff and White Hall arrived, Shelton ran into a wooded area and was found by officers after a search.

Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said Shelton currently has a charge of domestic battery pending in Circuit Court.

In addition to setting the bond, Kearney ordered Shelton to have no contact with the alleged victim until the case is settled.