December 2, 2022

Tyson Foods Chief Financial Officer John Tyson faces charges of public intoxication and criminal trespassing after his arrest in Arkansas early Sunday, which came a month after he was appointed to his position at the company.

The 32-year-old Tyson was booked and released later in the day, according to the Washington County, Arkansas, sheriff’s department. 

Tyson was found asleep Sunday morning in a woman’s bed in her residence in Fayetteville, reported KNWA Fox 24. The woman did not know who Tyson was and called the police, the station reported. The woman told dispatchers she thought the front door had been left unlocked.  

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Photograph of John Tyson at his booking in Washington County, Arkansas, on Nov. 6, 2022, on charges of public intoxication and criminal trespassing.

Washington County, Arkansas, Sheriff’s Office


“We’re aware of the incident and as this is a personal matter, we have no additional comment,” a spokesperson for Tyson told CBS MoneyWatch in an email. 

A fourth-generation member of the family that controls the $24 billion meat processing company, Tyson was named CFO in September and started in the role on October 2. He is son of Tyson chairman John H. Tyson and joined the company in 2019. 

Headquartered in Springdale, Arkansas, Tyson Foods is the world’s second biggest meat processor, churning out about 20% of the chicken, beef and pork consumed in the U.S. It reported $47 billion in sales in fiscal 2021. 

The incident marks the second recent arrest of a food industry executive, as Beyond Meat suspended its COO in September after he allegedly bit a man’s nose in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Doug Ramsey left Beyond Meat as of October 14, the company said in a regulatory filing. Before joining Beyond Meat, Ramsey worked at Tyson for 30 years, according to his Linkedin bio. 

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