Valentino back in custody

Tuesday, January 12, 2021
Sebastian Valentino, 50, who faces charges in several pending criminal cases, is back behind bars at the Carroll County Detention Center after a judge ruled that he violated conditions of his release on bail.
Carroll County Sheriff's Office

A former Eureka Springs resident who faces charges in several pending criminal cases is back behind bars at the Carroll County Detention Center after a judge ruled that he violated conditions of his release on bail.

Sebastian Valentino, 50, was one of three people arrested after a standoff with officers from the Carroll County Special Response Team in September 2019 in Eureka Springs. He faces a felony charge of first-degree battery in that case and also has pending felony charges for two counts of first-degree terroristic threatening and possession of a controlled substance, as well as misdemeanor charges of two counts of resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, third-degree domestic battery, fleeing, second-degree terroristic threatening, second-degree assault and third-degree assault.

Some acquaintances know Valentino by the nickname “Trainwreck,” according to court documents.

The charges stem from four separate cases related to incidents occurring from January to September 2019.

On Dec. 9, Carroll County Circuit Judge Scott Jackson signed an order releasing Valentino to house arrest at a residence in Harrison. Jackson ordered Valentino not to leave the residence except for work or medical treatment and not to consume drugs or alcohol. Jackson also ordered Valentino to report by phone each Monday to the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office and to appear in circuit court on Feb. 22 in Berryville.

On Dec. 19, a Boone County Sheriff’s Office deputy was dispatched to the residence where Valentino was supposed to be serving his house arrest.

In a written report, Boone County Sheriff’s Office deputy Brett Starnes writes that he made contact with Valentino, “who was walking on the roadway in front of the residence.”

Valentino told Starnes that he had gotten into an argument with a woman at the residence, the report says. The woman told Starnes that Valentino had accused her of throwing a broom at him the day before, then threw the broom through the Christmas tree. The woman said Valentino then threw a metal folding chair against a door, breaking a window in the door. On the day that Starnes was dispatched to the residence, the woman said, Valentino became verbally abusive and put his arm out toward her. The woman said she “smacked” Valentino’s hand away because she thought he was trying to hit her.

Starnes arrested Valentino and transported him to the Boone County Sheriff’s Office.

According to a motion filed Dec. 21 by defense attorney Kathryn E. Platt, Valentino was released from the Boone County jail approximately 12 hours after his arrest. Valentino called Platt to inform her of the situation and left a detailed message, the motion says. Pratt later spoke with Valentino and with a woman who said Valentino was doing work for her and was welcome to stay in her home.

Platt’s motion asked Jackson to release Valentino on house arrest to the woman for whom he was working.

The same day Platt’s motion was filed, Jackson ordered that an arrest warrant be issued for Valentino.

After Valentino was taken back into custody, Jackson ordered Dec. 23 that he was to remain in jail until a Dec. 28 hearing. At that hearing, Jackson again ordered that Valentino was to remain in jail until a Jan. 6 hearing. As of Monday afternoon, Valentino remained in custody in the Carroll County Detention Center in Berryville.

Valentino is scheduled for a jury trial beginning March 29.

The incident that led to the September 2019 standoff in Eureka Springs began with the alleged stabbing of a man at the Iron Horse Stables on U.S. Highway 62 west of Berryville.

Two other individuals also were arrested in connection with that incident. Prosecutors dropped charges of hindering apprehension or prosecution and tampering with physical evidence against John Anthony Callahan, who pleaded guilty to failure to appear on a felony and was sentenced to 44 months’ probation in November 2020.

A felony charge of hindering apprehension or prosecution is still pending against Marilyn Sloas, who was scheduled to appear in circuit court Monday, Jan. 11, in Eureka Springs.

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