Two previously convicted felons are off the streets after Helena-West Helena Police executed two separate search warrants at two local residences. Those arrests occurred almost two weeks ago.
Among the suspects currently facing new weapons and drug charges was Frank Ross Jr. The name may sound familiar and that's because according to Elijah Mondy, owner of Radio Station KJIW, Ross was the reported mastermind of a “Good Samaritan set up” in which Mondy was shot and nearly killed.

Two previously convicted felons are off the streets after Helena-West Helena Police executed two separate search warrants at two local residences. Those arrests occurred almost two weeks ago.

Among the suspects currently facing new weapons and drug charges was Frank Ross Jr. The name may sound familiar and that’s because according to Elijah Mondy, owner of Radio Station KJIW, Ross was the reported mastermind of a “Good Samaritan set up” in which Mondy was shot and nearly killed.

Mondy has repeatedly stepped forward as a spokesman for the victims of crime in the Helena-West Helena community.

“He (Ross) was just recently released on parole,” stated Mondy. “There were a number of people protesting this but due to a legal technicality brought on by plea bargaining the parole board by Arkansas law had to release him back to the streets of Helena.

“That’s three guys that have been released back on the streets despite protests, enabling them to continue their crime spree,” continued Mondy.

Mondy pointed out that one of the parolees was murdered last July. A motorist discovered his body on Adams Street. He added there are other previously convicted felons roaming the community.

“At what point are we going to learn?” asked Mondy. “Our system here in Phillips County, as confirmed by a high level state official with whom I recently discussed the matter, is broken. Ross has violated his parole and the question now is what is going to be done about it.”

Another convicted felon, Jarvis Pippin, was also arrested in H-WHPD’s recent warrant raids. Pippin was arrested on felony weapons charges.

Helena-West Helena Police Chief Virgil Green reported that his department is actively seeking those who are believed to be involved in recent shooting incidents and other criminal activity.

“When we locate them and if they are a convicted felon, the Helena-West Police Department will be referring those cases for federal prosecution where the sentencing is much more severe than state charges.”