Lavaca Man Arrested, Charged with Felony Aggravated Assault


At approximately 4 p.m., Tuesday, January 12, multiple law enforcement agencies, including SWAT, responded to a Lavaca residence on Highway 255.

A male subject, later identified as James Seaton of Lavaca, had reportedly barricaded himself in a vehicle with weapons at the home of Police Chief Randy Toon. A short time later, Seaton was taken into custody and transported to the Sebastian County Detention Center.

“It was a very stressful situation for both me and my family,” stated Lavaca Police Chief Randy Toon. “I was pleased with the outcome, no one was seriously injured. I am extremely grateful for the agencies and officers who showed up to assist with this situation, as well as the overwhelming support from the community. I am just so thankful that everyone was safe.”

Seaton remains at the SCADC without bond. He was charged with felony aggravated assault with a firearm, refusal to submit to arrest, and battery in the third degree.

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Tammy Teague

Tammy Teague

Mansfield native, with roots in Scott County. Daughter, sister, wife and Christian. Education: 1995 MHS graduate; 1999 Arkansas Tech University Graduate - BA in Journalism. Career: Managing Editor - The Citizen; Copy Writer - Southwest Times Record; 20+ years experience in the news.

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