More details in ES arrests

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

By Scott Loftis



The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office released more details Thursday about the arrest of three people on Wednesday, Sept. 25, at a residence in Eureka Springs.

The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office released probable cause affidavits and intake photos related to the arrests of Sebastian Valentino and Marilyn Sloas in connection with an alleged stabbing, and the affidavits also identified John Callahan as a suspect in the stabbing that allegedly occurred at the Iron Horse Stables on Highway 62 between Berryville and Eureka Springs.

Officers from the Tri-City Special Response Team surrounded a residence on Kingshighway in the Eureka Springs Historic Loop for several hours on Sept. 25 and sources said later that three people were arrested at the residence.According to a probable cause affidavit for Valentino’s arrest, written by CCSO investigator Lt. Blake Ringberg, deputies were dispatched to an address on Highway 62 where a man named David Sjoberg had reportedly been stabbed. Sjoberg had already been transported to a hospital, the affidavit says, but a deputy spoke with a man who said he witnessed the incident The witness said he was on the front porch drinking coffee when three individuals approached Sjoberg’s door, first trying to open it and then knocking on it, the affidavit says. The affidavit refers to Dakota Shnobee Balsinger, who is also known as Sebastian Valentino, and says the witness and alleged victim know him as “Train Wreck.” The affidavit also says Callahan at one point lived with Sjoberg.

According to the affidavit, the witness said Sjoberg opened the door and began to talk with Balsinger (Valentino), who asked about mail. The witness said Sjoberg replied that Callahan had nothing at the residence.

“Balsinger then pulled a large hunting style knife from his waistband and stabbed David in the neck,” the affidavit says. “John then took the knife from Balsinger and began to walk back towards the car. Balsinger, John and an unknown female then got back into the car, and left the area traveling towards Eureka Springs.”

Another CCSO investigator spoke with Sjoberg at the hospital, the affidavit says. Sjoberg gave the same version of events as the previous witness, according to the affidavit.

In a probable cause affidavit seeking a warrant for Sloas’ arrest, Ringberg writes that Eureka Springs police officer Joe Luper notified the sheriff’s office that he had seen Valentino, Callahan and the female suspect enter Valentino’s residence in Eureka Springs.

According to the affidavit, Sloas was the driver of the car that left the scene of the alleged stabbing.

“Marilyn was a witness to the stabbing and knew what had occurred and was trying to get John and Valentino to leave the scene,” the affidavit says. “Marilyn was said to have fled with and aided Sebastian in fleeing the scene as well as removing evidence from the scene.”

CCSO Deputy Jeremy Berner attempted to make contact at the residence where Luper said he saw the suspects, the affidavit said, but there was no answer at the door even though Berner said he heard people talking inside.

“Berner also advised the vehicle described was at the residence and also had blood on the passenger door,” the affidavit says.

Valentino, 49, and Sloas, 41, were arrested at 11:17 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, at the address on Kingshighway, according to an intake document. Valentino was booked into the county jail on a felony charge of first-degree battery, while Sloas was booked on felony charges of hindering apprehension or prosecution and tampering with physical evidence. Callahan, 67, was arrested the same day on felony charges of hindering apprehension or prosecution and tampering with physical evidence.

Valentino appeared before Carroll County District Judge Dale Ramsey on Sept. 27. Ramsey set bond at $500,000 and ordered Valentino to appear in Carroll County Circuit Court in Berryville at 9 a.m. Monday, Nov. 4. Valentino remained in custody at the Carroll County Detention Center as of Thursday afternoon.

Valentino has pending court cases on two counts of terroristic threatening, one count of second-degree assault and one count of third-degree assault related to an incident that allegedly occurred in July; a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance and misdemeanor charges of third-degree domestic battery, fleeing on foot and resisting arrest stemming from an incident involving Sloas in April; and terroristic threatening, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct in connection with an incident in January. He was released on a $2,500 bond in the latter case, then released on a $50,000 bond in connection with the April incident.

Sloas also appeared before Ramsey on Sept. 27. Ramsey set bond for Sloas at $2,500 and also ordered her to appear in Carroll County Circuit Court in Berryville at 9 a.m. Monday, Nov. 4. Sloas was released on bond Monday, Sept. 30.

Callahan also remained in custody as of Thursday afternoon pending a first judicial appearance.

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