A 15-year-old Pine Bluff boy has been linked to two separate shootings in the Dollarway area in less than a month. Jimmy Joles is being charged as an adult with two counts of first-degree battery and one count of committing a terroristic act stemming from an incident on July 17 and a second on Aug. 4.
In July, Pine Bluff Police Detective Keith Banks said in a probable cause affidavit that Pine Bluff Officer Kevin Collins was sent to the area of West Cheatham and North Spears Streets at 8:30 p.m. and was told that the victim had been taken to the emergency room at Jefferson Regional Medical Center.
At the hospital, the male victim said he was at 5616 W. Cheatham St. when he was asked by an elderly female to go help her grandson. He said he asked Joles “what was going on,” and Joles allegedly pulled out a pistol and fired several shots, with bullets striking the victim in the right elbow and right hip.
Banks reported that on July 24, the victim sent him a text message from Joles’ Facebook page and identified Joles as the person who shot him. The second incident occurred at 10:45 p.m. on Aug. 4 when police were sent to the United Filling Station at 5320 Dollarway Road in response to a reported shooting.
An 18-year-old man said Joles was the one that shot him, and a 19-year-old girl said Joles pointed a gun at them and started shooting. Pine Bluff Police Detective Ryan Moheb said in a probable cause affidavit that Joles was standing in the bed of a 2004 Nissan truck and left the area still in the bed of the truck.
Security video confirmed the victim’s account of the incident; crime scene technicians recovered multiple .40-caliber shell casings at the scene. On Monday, Joles was located in the area of North Hutchinson and Hoover Streets with two other individuals and was arrested after a foot pursuit. Police found a backpack with a .40-caliber handgun that one of the individuals was carrying.
Joles was not questioned on either incident after his grandmother and legal guardian asked for an attorney. Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set bond for Joles at $100,000 on each incident and ordered him to have no contact with the victims until the case is settled.