A Pine Bluff man previously convicted of a felony was arrested Thursday after an officer saw him throw something into a ditch that turned out to be a handgun.
According to a probable cause affidavit from Pine Bluff Police Department Detective Steve Rucker, Officer Kevin Collins was in the area of West 31st Avenue and Fir Street when he saw LaKeith Gaddy, 22, “acting suspiciously.” Collins watched Gaddy walk over a ditch, pull something from under his shirt and “flick it into the ditch.”
Collins detained Gaddy and walked him back to the ditch, where the gun was found.
A records check showed that Gaddy is currently on parole, and records at the prosecutor’s office indicated that Gaddy was convicted of theft of property in January 2015.
Rucker reported that when Gaddy was interviewed, he allegedly said he “had done nothing wrong,” adding that the gun was not his.
Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $25,000 bond for Gaddy Friday after ruling prosecutors have probable cause to charge him with being a felon in possession of a firearm.
The Public Defender’s Office was appointed to represent Gaddy.
Although a bond was set on the current allegation, Gaddy will be held without bond pending a hearing to determine if he violated the conditions of his parole and should be sent back to prison to finish his sentence.