Update Thu, Sep 22, 2016 11:19am:
There are two separate police reports taken by the Saline County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) on this arrest. The first is from the suspect’s family, on the attempted murder charge; the second is from the people who held the suspect at gunpoint after he allegedly attempted to steal their vehicle.
[At the 7700 block of Dogwood Trail, Mabelvale] Victim1 stated he was awoken by loud hollering and when he went into the living room his nephew (Garrett Strait/ Suspect) was choking [Garrett’s] dad (Victim2). Victim1 also stated he told Garrett to stop or he was going to shoot, but his gun jammed. Victim1 said he returned to his room to fix the jam and returned to the living room and told Garrett to stop and shot him in the buttocks/leg. Victim1 also said Garrett stopped, ran to the back door, pick-up some clothes and ran out the back door and jumped over the fence and he fired three more shots so he would not come back. The weapon was on the front porch in a chair unloaded. Victim3 (Victim2’s Mother/ Suspect’s Grandmother) stated she heard the fight and went into the living area and Garrett (Victim3’s Grandson) was stabbing Victim2 (Victim3’s Son/Suspect’s dad). Victim3 also stated she grabbed his arm to stop him from stabbing him and Suspect stated “you’re next.” The scene was secured and taped off by Deputy1. Suspect was transported to St. Vincent Hospital by MEMS Ambulance for multiple lacerations. C.I.D. Detective1 was contacted and arrived on scene at approximately 0437 hours. Suspect was located down the road attempting to steal a vehicle, see report 2016-3208. Victim1 filled out a written statement witch will be scanned to this report. The scene was turned over to Detective1. The scene log was scanned to this report.
On Wednesday September 21, 2016 at approximately 0450 hours, I Deputy1 responded to [the 19900 block of] Mockingbird Trail in reference to a breaking and entering in progress. Upon arrival I was directed by the home owner to a gray Nissan Maxima where a white male was inside. I immediately drew my weapon from my holster due to the male being the possible suspect in an attempted murder (Incident #2016-3207) one hour earlier and began to give him verbal orders to exit the vehicle. The suspect appeared to be under the influence of some type of narcotics and did not respond to my orders to exit the vehicle. I attempted to open the door to the vehicle but the doors were locked. The suspect was making large quick movements inside of the vehicle and with the windows being fogged over with limited visibility I kept the suspect at gunpoint until another unit responded. The suspect was making incoherent statements during the incident. Once Deputy2 arrived he gave the suspect several verbal orders to exit the vehicle to which he refused. Deputy2 was then able to acquire the keys to the vehicle from the owner. Deputy2 then gave the suspect another verbal order to exit the vehicle to which he refused. I then returned my weapon to my holster and drew my Taser. Deputy2 then unlocked the door of the vehicle and opened it. Upon the door being opened the suspect was ordered to exit the vehicle to which he turned away from me and began to reach towards the passenger seat. Upon the suspect reaching away from me I then deployed my Taser for one 5 second cycle with the Taser probes penetrating his left shoulder and left hip. During the Taser cycle, I grabbed the suspect and pulled him out of the vehicle. The suspect immediately laid on the ground face down spreading his arms out to his sides. The suspect then identified himself as Garrett Strait/Suspect and stated that he had been shot earlier. Strait was confirmed to be the suspect from the earlier attempted murder incident. Strait was immediately handcuffed and searched for any weapons or contraband. Deputy2 verbally read Strait his Miranda Rights to which Strait stated that he understood his rights. I then checked Strait for any injuries and found a gun shot wound to his upper left thigh area. Deputy2 immediately contacted Central Dispatch to have medical personnel respond to our location to treat Strait. Strait was then walked to my patrol vehicle where he sat in the back seat until MEMS arrival. Upon MEMS arrival Strait was removed from my vehicle where they removed the Taser probes and began to treat his gun shot wound. I then followed MEMS ambulance to UAMS emergency room where Strait was treated for his gun shot wound. Medical personnel determined that the gun shot wound was an entry and exit wound with no projectile being inside of his leg. I was then instructed by Detective1 to obtain photographs of Strait’s wound and to recover his clothing for evidence. Upon Strait being released from UAMS he was transported by me to Saline County Detention Center without incident. Upon arrival at the Detention Center I informed the on duty nurse of Straits condition and turned him over to Detention Center Deputies. I then turned over Strait’s clothing and wallet to Detective1 along with the wound photographs. I then completed a Use of Force Report that will be added to this report along with the Taser deployment print out sheet. Detective1 completed the ADR along with all the criminal charges added to it.
Original Thu, Sep 22, 2016 9:11am:
According to one person’s account on Facebook, someone tried to steal a vehicle from their home around 4 a.m. Wednesday. The poster said the suspect was held at gunpoint in the car until Saline County Sheriff’s Deputies showed up. Soon after, they learned that the suspect allegedly attempted to murder his father at a nearby residence. The suspect mugshot and charges follows this person’s account. I’ll have more information when I hear back from the SCSO.
GARRETT OLEN STRAIT
|Booking Date:||09-21-2016 – 12:09 pm|
|ATTEMPTED MURDER 1ST DEGREE 510102
AGG ASSAULT ON FAMILY MEMBER 526306
DOMESTIC BATTERY 1ST
BREAKING OR ENTERING