Arkansas Democrat nominee arrested for alleged 'terroristic threatening'

Little Rock police said officers had a warrant for the arrest of Arnold-Johnson and took her into custody without incident on Friday.

Updated: October 31, 2022 - 12:39am

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Diamond Arnold-Johnson, the Democratic nominee for Arkansas auditor, was arrested for the first-degree felony of terroristic threatening, court records show. 

Little Rock police said officers had a warrant for the arrest of Arnold-Johnson and took her into custody without incident on Friday, less than two weeks before election day, local outlet KATV reported. 

Arnold-Johnson apparently admitted in August during the terroristic threatening trial for her husband, Arick Johnson, that she wrote the Facebook posts leading to his being charged.

Law enforcement attempted to serve the warrant to Arnold-Johnson earlier this month but SWAT was called to the scene after she refused to comply, police said.

"The situation continued to intensify and the decision was made not to escalate a non-violent situation, only to serve a non-violent warrant," officials said. 

The Democratic Party of Arkansas said it is "aware" of Arnold-Johnson's arrest.

"The Democratic Party of Arkansas did not recruit her to run for Auditor of State, and we cannot bar her from running for this position. We remain focused on working for a better Arkansas and winning races across the state," the party said.

Arkansas counts ballots until a candidate is convicted of a crime, not just charged with one.

She appears to have been released from jail on Saturday, according to her Facebook.

In a post criticizing the Arkansas Democratic Party's response to her arrest, Arnold-Johnson said: "This is systemic racism trying to do what it is intended to do… steal our hope. But God has other plans. WE WILL not be deterred."