Man Wanted for Deadly Bald Knob Shooting Arrested in Michigan

WHITE COUNTY, AR - Robert "Bobby" Draft, 50, of Bald Knob who on murder charges for the May 18 shooting death of his father-in-law Douglas Cloyes, has been arrested.

Mr. Robert Draft was taken into custody earlier this afternoon in the Detroit, Michigan area.

According to police Mr. Draft is being held at a facility in Michigan and will be extradited to Arkansas. White County Sheriff, Ricky Shourd expressed his appreciation to the agencies involved in helping arrest Mr. Draft so that he can face his charges pending in White County.


BALD KNOB, AR -- A local man is dead after a domestic disturbance led to a shooting.

Deputies with the White County Sheriff's Office (WCSO) were called to the scene around 5 p.m. Sunday.

When they arrived at the residence on Barber Rd., they found the body of Douglas Cloyes, 72, lying in the yard. 

Detectives determined that Mr. Cloyes was at his residential property when he came in contact with the shooting suspect Mr. Robert "Bobby" Draft, 50, of Bald Knob.

According to police, the suspect, Robert Draft, became involved in a domestic battery incident with his wife, Kathie Draft, during which time he was armed with a firearm. Mrs. Draft was able to escape from Mr. Draft and made her way to parents home where she was then taken to the hospital for treatment of her injuries.

The WCSO is looking for Mr. Draft for questioning in the case. Police believe he has fled the state.

He is considered armed and dangerous and anyone who comes in contact with him is advised to use extreme caution.

Charges will be filed against Mr. Draft for 1st degree murder and felony domestic battery.

Anyone with any information concerning the location of Mr. Draft is encouraged to contact the White County Sheriff’s Department or their local law enforcement authorities.

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