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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Pargeon facing attempted murder charge

  • Arnold Leonard Pargeon, 51, of Vandalia, Mo., has been charged with attempted murder, second degree, a Class B felony; domestic assault second degree and felonious restraint.
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  • Arnold Leonard Pargeon, 51, of Vandalia, Mo., has been charged with attempted murder, second degree, a Class B felony; domestic assault second degree and felonious restraint.
    The Ralls County Sheriff’s Department in New London, Mo., reported a Ralls County warrant charging Pargeon with these three offenses was issued Monday, Sept. 24, at the request of the Ralls County prosecuting attorney’s office.
    Judge David C. Mobley set Pargeon’s bond at $500,000, cash only, for the charges. On Tuesday, Sept. 25, Pargeon remained in custody.
    Pargeon will be arraigned at 9 a.m. today, Sept. 26, at the Ralls County Courthouse in New London.
    Pargeon’s arrest resulted from an incident on Sunday, Sept. 23, in Perry, Mo.
    Ralls County Deputy Chris Flynn reported a deputy from the Ralls County sheriff’s office responded to a domestic disturbance that was occurring on Nana Street in Perry Mo.
    As the deputy arrived at the scene, he heard a female yelling for help from inside the residence. The deputy entered the residence and located a female and a male inside.
    A trooper from the Missouri State Highway Patrol arrived at the scene and assisted with the investigation.
    The female reported that she had been assaulted by the male, Arnold Leonard Pargeon.
    An ambulance was requested to treat the victim’s injuries. She was transported by the ambulance to the Hannibal Regional Hospital and later released.   
    Pargeon was taken into custody Sunday, pending the issuance of the warrant on Monday.
    The victim lived at the home where the assault occurred, according to Ralls County Sheriff Paul Forney.
    Forney explained on Tuesday that “neighbors and people in the area were interviewed for information,” and the state patrol assisted with the arrest and preliminary investigation.
    He added that although the victim’s injuries “were not real serious, the witnesses’ statements” were valuable in making decisions about the filing of charges against Pargeon.
    “With the deputy and the trooper’s conclusions and the witnesses’ information,” Forney said, “we believe the charges to be appropriate.”

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