The former president of a prestigious, private college in Conway refused to drop his weapon for police during a December incident where a man suspected of commercial burglary broke into his home, according to an incident report.
Just a day after Christmas, a man who burglarized a local business, was tracked by police to the home of Hendrix College President Timothy Cloyd. The suspect had rang the doorbell at 1256 Winfield Street, was allowed in to use the phone and then ran to the back when he saw police closing in, according to the report.
Cloyd had a small firearm that he refused to put down while police were apprehending the suspect. He cussed at police and said he would kill the suspect, according to the report.
Police eventually took Cloyd’s weapon. The report notes he smelled of alcohol.
One officer said in the report that Cloyd’s actions put police at risk.
Police found and arrested William S. Carter in the bathroom, according to an incident report. Carter was taken to the hospital because he was foaming at the mouth and unresponsive.
Cloyd resigned Friday because he thought it was time Hendrix brought in someone new and he returned to teaching, a college spokesman said previously.
Spokesman Rob O’Connor has not yet returned a call seeking comment, but he did send a comment via email attributed to Frank Cox, chief communications officer at Hendrix.
The statement reads: “An incident involving an intruder and the Conway police department's response took place at the president's home during the holiday break when the campus was closed. While we have no comment on the specifics of the incident, we are grateful that the Conway police were able to resolve the situation, take the intruder into custody, and that no one was harmed during the incident."