Just over three months before he was killed after exchanging gunshots with police officers, 107-year-old Monroe Isadore told officers they “would have to shoot him or throw him in jail” after he refused to go home with his son-in-law.
According to a police report dated June 1, Isadore jumped out of a vehicle on the parking lot of the Jefferson Square Shopping Center and officers were called to a possible disturbance.
Officer Justin Williams said in the report that when he arrived, Lt. Donna Fratesi and another officer were already on the scene with Isadore and Tyrone Howard, who was identified as Isadore’s son-in-law.
Howard told police he and Isadore were on their way to Pine Bluff from Alexander, where Howard lived, and when they arrived in Pine Bluff, Isadore wanted to go visit a female friend, but Howard said Isadore would not give him the address of the female. He said when they reached Jefferson Square, Isadore jumped out of the vehicle while it was still moving.
Williams said in the report that Isadore told him that Howard and his daughter (Marylan Howard) “did not want him around,” and said he was not going home with Howard.
“Mr. Isadore stated he as 107 years old and God told him to do his will,” Williams said in the report. “Mr. Isadore stated we would have to shoot him or throw him in jail before he would go home with Mr. Howard. Mr. Isadore refused to go.”
Isadore was taken to the Central Police Station by Lt. Fratesi until his daughter arrived, and according to the report, Isadore told Marylan Howard “that they did not want him staying with them.”
“Mrs. Howard told Mr. Isadore that wasn’t true,” Williams said, before he and the Howards put Isadore in Marylan Howard’s vehicle and they all left the station.
Attempts to contact Tyrone Howard and Marylan Howard on Wednesday afternoon were unsuccessful.
The report was one of three the department had on file involving Isadore.
A second indicated Isadore was the victim of a home invasion robbery on Jan. 31, 2008. Among the items listed as missing was an “old Winchester .38-special” handgun with an unknown serial number.
The report said there were obvious signs of a struggle in Isadore’s room, including a phone being pulled from the wall, and Isadore told police he was knocked to the floor by the unknown suspect.
The third report was taken Aug. 5, 2008, and detailed the theft of an automobile registered to Isadore that was found in the area of West 35th Avenue and Elm Street.
The car, a 1984 Oldsmobile, was released to Isadore.
Both reports described Isadore as being “deaf in both ears” or “very heard of hearing.”