Man in custody after attempting to assault LRPD officer while under the influence

LRPD confirms Forrest King,29, tested positive for Methamphetamine and is currently in custody at the hospital. (Photo: MGN)

Authorities are investigating after a man attempted to assault a Little Rock police officer on Saturday.

According to the police report, Officer Gilbert Jr. Johnny, 59, was getting his shoes shined at a location in the 500 block of E. Capitol Ave. just before 4:00 p.m. when he said he noticed a black male pulling on his vehicle door handles.

Officer Gilbert stated that he asked the suspect, later identified as Forrest King, 29, what he was doing and King said it was his vehicle.

Gilbert said he identified himself as a police officer at which point King began to reach down under his shirt.

When King did this, Gilbert told police he grabbed him and took him to the ground. While on the ground, he looked under King's shirt and found a blue pocket knife tied to a string.

A short while later, additional officers arrived and placed King in handcuffs.

According to the police report, King appeared to be under the influence of some type of narcotic.

During King's interview at the detectives office, officers say he began 'tweaking and trying to get his handcuffs off'.

Sergeant Leavy says they made the decision that King should be directly transported to jail without an interview, due to his behavior. However, upon arrival at the jail his condition worsened further and he was transported to UAMS for treatment.

LRPD confirms King tested positive for Methamphetamine and is currently in custody at the hospital.

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