Bodycam Footage Reveals Shocking Discovery Behind Closet\’s Secret Door
In a startling incident captured on bodycam footage, Arkansas police uncovered a hidden secret that left them astounded. On Thursday, November 2, officers were led to a closet by a man in overalls. The man, identified as 40-year-old Jon Thompson, opened a concealed door leading to a small room where they found a child.
Thompson had to sift through various items before gaining access to the secret door, which led to the discovery of a 5-year-old girl. Fortunately, the child was unharmed in this distressing incident and was subsequently taken into the care of the Department of Human Services.
The following day, Jon Thompson, a resident of Tontitown, Arkansas, was arrested and is now facing a series of criminal charges. Detective Keith Lindley, while speaking with USA TODAY, described the emotional state of the young girl when she was rescued, highlighting that Thompson had instructed her to remain silent and concealed.
Thompson now faces charges that include interference with custody, first-degree false imprisonment, endangering the welfare of a minor, and possession of body armor and drug paraphernalia, according to The Washington County Jail Intake.
Tontitown police were assisting Department of Human Services officials in taking custody of the child when they tried to contact Thompson. He initially claimed to have legal custody of the child, refused to open the front door, and denied the child\’s presence in the residence. Eventually, Thompson admitted that the child was indeed in the home and led the police to the closet, where they heard noises coming from.
Behind a securely nailed board concealed by some boxes, they found the child. Photographs from the scene show a small compartment with exposed insulation where the child had been hidden.
At the time of his arrest, Thompson was out on bond for unrelated charges from Benton County, specifically for a methamphetamine-related offense in a neighboring city. He was booked at the Washington County Jail on Friday, November 3, and was released on Monday, November 6, after posting a $5,000 bond.
Thompson\’s next court date is scheduled for December 4, with the expectation of shedding more light on the motives behind this disturbing incident. Watch the video below to witness the startling discovery.