A Pine Bluff man was arrested Wednesday after he allegedly admitted being involved in a shooting incident on the parking lot of a business Tuesday night.
Frederick Odom Jr., 21, also allegedly admitted that a gun police found in the waistband of his pants was his, Pine Bluff Police Detective Cassandra Briggs-McAfee said in a probable cause affidavit.
The gun, a 9-millimeter Glock Model 26 with an extended magazine, had been reported stolen in Little Rock during a breaking or entering incident.
Odom was identified as a suspect after police watched security video of an incident that happened at 11:20 p.m. Tuesday at the Circle-N store at 2901 W. 28th Ave.
According to a security guard at the store, there were five suspects who were in a a”shoot-out” at the store, which resulted in a vehicle being hit by a bullet and the tire of a truck shot. Officers recovered shell casings on the parking lot.
McAfee said the security guard knew one of the suspects as "Lil Fred,” whom she was familiar with as Odom. A BOLO (be on the lookout) was then issued for Odom.
On Wednesday, vice and narcotics officers were in the area of West Sixth Avenue and Apple Street because that was an area Odom had previously been seen in. They reported seeing Odom get out of a car and go to the carport of a house. Officers quickly moved in, but Odom initially ran before being caught.
McAfee reported that officers recovered other stolen guns in a rocking chair in the carport.
Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $50,000 bond for Odom Friday after ruling prosecutors have probable cause to charge him with being a felon in possession of a firearm and with theft by receiving.
Bond set in Thursday shooting incident
A Pine Bluff man who is currently on probation will have to post a $100,000 bond to be released from the adult detention center after he allegedly fired shots at a vehicle Thursday.
Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set the bond after ruling prosecutors have probable cause to charge Kashawn Cameron, 21, with committing a terroristic act.
According to a probable cause affidavit from Pine Bluff Police Detective Scott Norton, police were called to the 2000 block of East Harding Avenue at 12:15 p.m., where the alleged victim said that he had dropped his girlfriend off at work at about 10:30 a.m. and saw Cameron and two other men in a vehicle.
The alleged victim said that he had had problems with Cameron because the two had been arrested together at an earlier date; when Cameron told him to pull around the corner so they could talk, he got nervous and left the area.
Norton reported that the alleged victim said he turned on Howard Drive and saw Cameron and his vehicle there, and Cameron allegedly got out of the vehicle and fired shots at the victim’s vehicle.
Police reported that the alleged victim’s vehicle was hit by bullets in the passenger side door and the front driver’s side bumper, and a bullet was found in the passenger side floorboard.
Norton said in the affidavit that a BOLO (be on the lookout) was put out for Cameron; he was arrested when he went to the parole and probation office in the Jefferson Square Shopping Center. Cameron refused to make a statement when detectives attempted to question him.
Records at the prosecutor’s office showed that Cameron was placed on probation stemming from a charge of aggravated robbery in 2015.
He was ordered to have no contact with the alleged victim until the case is settled.
Store employee arrested after allegedly making fraudulent refunds
A Pine Bluff man was arrested Thursday after he allegedly made several fraudulent cash refund transactions from the store where he was working over a two-month period.
According to a probable cause affidavit from Pine Bluff Detective Ryan Moheb, Kodi Morris, 37, also made multiple fraudulent merchandise returns from early April to early May.
A security officer for Hibbett Sports in the Pines Mall contacted police Thursday after an internal investigation indicated that Morris would obtain store merchandise, make a refund transaction, then place the refund money on a store gift card.
Moheb reported that Morris would obtain customer names from the store’s reward program, perform the transaction, then sign both names on the form. He allegedly made a voluntary statement to store security personnel.
The store reported that Morris took more than $2,000 as a result of the fraudulent transactions.
Moheb said in the affidavit that he went to Morris’ residence, where Morris initially gave him a false name. Morris then fled on foot before being caught. Morris was not questioned after he asked for an attorney.
Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $5,000 bond for Morris Friday after ruling prosecutors have probable cause to charge him with forgery and theft of property.
Reported burglary in progress leads to arrest
A report of a possible burglary in progress at a business in downtown Pine Bluff Thursday afternoon resulted in the arrest of a man seen running from the business.
Marco Simmons, 39, was caught behind a house in the 1200 block of State Street, and police found a cotton-style bag with three large empty bags and a pair of bolt cutters inside, Pine Bluff Detective Kaylon McDaniel said in a probable cause affidavit presented in district court Friday.
According to the affidavit, police were notified of a possible burglary at 6:22 p.m. at C & R Liquor at 1301 S. Main St., with a man at the drive-thru window attempting to enter the business.
When the man, later identified as Simmons, saw police he ran and was apprehended a short time later.
McDaniel reported that when police went back to the business, they found that the security bars had been cut open and the glass window was broken.
When Simmons was questioned, he told police he did not know anything about the incident and did not want to talk.
Records at the prosecutor’s office showed that Simmons was previously convicted of robbery and possession of a controlled substance in 2003 but had no current pending charges. Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $25,000 bond for Simmons after ruling prosecutors have probable cause to charge him with attempted commercial burglary.