Wednesday, August 01, 2018

Man accused of trying to steal plane to undergo mental exam

An Texarkana teen accused of attempting to steal a plane from Texarkana Regional Airport on the 4th of July to attend a rap concert was ordered to undergo a competency evaluation Tuesday by a judge in Miller County, Ark.

Zemarcuis Devon Scott, 18, was allegedly seen hopping a fence at the airport at about 2:30 a.m. by security personnel who called Texarkana, Ark., police. Airport staff reported seeing the man trying to open the door of an American Eagle twin-engine commercial jet, according to court records. By the time police arrived, the man had gained entrance to the plane and closed the door.

Of the officers who responded to the early morning emergency call, two recognized Scott from “past encounters.” When a flashlight was shone into the plane’s cockpit, Scott was allegedly sitting in the pilot’s chair. Scott allegedly told Texarkana, Ark., police that he planned to fly to Chicago in hopes of seeing rapper Famous Dex and wasn’t concerned about his lack of flight training.

Scott appeared before Miller County Circuit Judge Brent Haltom late Tuesday afternoon. Managing Public Defender Jason Mitchell asked the judge to order a psychological evaluation of Scott to determine if he was competent at the time of the alleged offense and whether he is competent to proceed to trial.

Last month, Chief Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Chuck Black filed charges of commercial burglary and attempted theft of property over $25,000 against Scott. Both crimes are punishable by three to 10 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000. Scott is being held in the Miller County jail with bond set at $25,000.

Zemarcuis Devon Scott

A man arrested at the Texarkana Regional Airport on July 4th allegedly told investigators he intended to fly a stolen plane to a rap music concert in another state.

Asked about his lack of training as a pilot, Zemarcuis Devon Scott, 18, allegedly told Texarkana, Ark., police that he didn't believe there was much more to the task than pushing buttons and pulling levers, according to a probable cause affidavit used to create the following account.

It was about 2:30 a.m. when airport security personnel contacted police about seeing a man jump a fence and attempt to enter an American Eagle twin-engine jet. By the time officers arrived, the suspect, later identified as Scott, had gotten onto the small commercial plane and closed the door behind him.

When officers shined a flashlight into the plane's cockpit from outside the jet, they could see a man sitting in the pilot's seat with his hands below the window and out of direct view. Fearing for their safety, an officer drew his weapon and ordered the man to keep his hands up where they could be seen.

When the suspect turned his gaze toward the officers, two of them allegedly recognized Scott from past encounters. Two of the three responding officers got the plane's door open while the third continued to monitor Scott until he could be taken into custody.

On Monday, Chief Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Chuck Black formally charged Scott with commercial burglary and attempted theft of property with a value greater than $25,000. Both offenses are felonies punishable by three to 10 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000.

Scott is being held in the Miller County jail with bail set at $25,000. The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge Carlton Jones. A date for Scott's arraignment on the charges hasn't been scheduled but he is expected to appear in court later this month.



  1. Better get that psych exam scheduled pronto...


  2. That fellow is not Rap tight in head.

    Or, perhaps he is wisely using a ploy to get arrested, into protective custody and thus avoid getting wacked.

    I would hate to have to explain this to my mom.

  3. People these days committing acts of grand theft areo.

  4. please someone keep this creature from breeding!

  5. This is the most wonderfully American thing I have read today.

    Somebody give that child The Presidential Medal Of Freedom.

  6. ^^ Laugh out loud funny!!

  7. He sure looked like obama's son. Like father like son.