A former football stand-out at Pine Bluff High School who is facing two separate charges involving robberies and a shooting in 2016 was arrested Thursday after he allegedly shot another person during a robbery attempt. David Beasley, 19, was picked out of a six-person photo lineup as one of three men who shot another man on the parking lot of the Deja Vu Apartments at 1001 Vaugine St., on Feb. 7, Pine Bluff Police Detective Cassandra Briggs-McAfee said in a probable cause affidavit presented in district court Friday. According to the affidavit, when police arrived, they found the victim sitting on the ground against his vehicle bleeding from multiple gunshot wounds; several shell casings were found around him.
Briggs-McAfee said in the affidavit that she was able to conduct an interview with the victim, who said he had picked up a subject he was associated with who asked him to give him a ride to the apartments. That subject, who was not identified in the affidavit, said he asked the victim if he knew where to buy some “Loud” (referring to marijuana). After telling the subject he did not know, the subject started to get out of the vehicle when two unknown men opened the driver’s door and said, “where’s the money at?” before they started shooting.
The victim also told police that he saw the subject who had been in the passenger seat come around to the driver’s side before all three men ran from the scene. He also said that the same subjects attempted to rob him earlier in the day when he was at a convenience store at University Drive and Pullen Street. Briggs-McAfee reported that the victim received gunshot wounds to the chest, right arm, left upper leg and lower back. He was placed on life support from the day of the shooting until mid-March, when he was able to identify Beasley from the photo line-up. After identifying Beasley, the victim told Briggs-McAfee, “This is the guy that pointed the gun at my head, and I told him not to shoot me anymore because I have kids.”
He also said he had known Beasley for a while, and they used to live in the same neighborhood. A BOLO (be on the lookout) was issued for Beasley, and on April 5, his mother brought him to the police department, where he was taken into custody. When Briggs-McAfee went to the jail to interview him, Beaseley asked for an attorney, so no interview was completed. At the time of the recent incident, Beasley was out on bond stemming from the April robbery of three individuals and the robbery and shooting of another man, both on the north side of Pine Bluff. Formal charges have been filed in those incidents.
Before his arrests last year, Beasley had signed to play football at Louisiana Tech University, was a finalist for the Landers Award, and widely considered to be one of the top players in the state. He caught 30 passes, and 16 for touchdowns as a wide receiver, had 25 tackles, 18 pass breakups, two interceptions, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery on defense, and returned two punts for touchdowns while playing on special teams. He led Pine Bluff High School to back-to-back state championships in 2014 and 2015. On Friday, Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $100,000 cash bond for Beasley after ruling prosecutors have probable cause to charge him with first-degree battery and aggravated robbery.
Beasley said he would hire his own attorney.