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Arkansas man charged with endangering a child
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Thomas Roscoe Roland, Jr.

LARNED – An Arkansas man who was initially booked on a kidnapping charge has been formally charged with two felonies, aggravated endangering a child and criminal threat, Pawnee County Attorney Douglas McNett said Tuesday.

On Monday, Thomas Roscoe Roland Jr., 55 of Parthenon, Arkansas, appeared in the Pawnee County District Court in the custody of the Pawnee County Sheriff, McNett stated in a news release.

Rowland was arrested by the Kansas Highway Patrol Tactical Team without incident at a residence in rural Pawnee County in the early morning hours of July 8. The KHP team, which specializes in high risk entries, was activated after the Pawnee County Sheriff’s Office received a domestic disturbance call which involved a minor child and possible firearm.

The Pawnee County Sheriff’s Office posted a news release on its Facebook page on July 8, stating the PCSO and the KHP Tactical Team responded to the domestic call at 130th and Q Road around 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 7. It stated the suspect “had become threatening with family members and there was concern for a small child in the residence. The individual was taken into custody without incident.”

The release also stated that no officers, family members nor the suspect were injured.

Following advising the defendant of his charges, the possible penalties and his constitutional rights on Monday, Magistrate Judge Julie Cowell released Roland on a supervised bond. The conditions of bond include reporting requirements with Court Services and a no-contact order with the victim. Additionally, the Court authorized that he could reside in Arkansas pending future hearings. His preliminary hearing has been scheduled for July 24.