A reported burglary in progress at an address in White Hall Saturday night resulted in the arrest of two people who fled after the owners of the residence arrived home.
Two juveniles who were with the pair were also taken into custody, and White Hall police are searching for a third person who was reportedly involved.
According to a probable cause affidavit from White Hall Police Sgt. Celena Harbison, residents of a house at 504 Gandy Ave. arrived home at about 8:15 p.m. and found a side door open and an unfamiliar silver SUV in the driveway. The driver of the SUV, later identified as Tenesha McDaniel, 34, then tried to drive away but the vehicle got stuck in the backyard.
McDaniel, a second adult and two small children were seen running from the vehicle, along with an older male later identified as Dietrich Hampton, 28. The group ran toward Gandy Elementary School, and when police questioned witnesses there, they were told that the two females had approached several individuals and asked for help because their vehicle got stuck.
Pine Bluff Police Sgt. Brad Vilches was assisting White Hall police in an attempt to locate the suspects when he found a male juvenile who said that his mother’s vehicle had gotten stuck and they needed help. The juvenile later admitted that they had broken into a house, and the mother told them to run (when the residents arrived). Numerous items taken from the house were recovered in the vehicle.
Harbison reported that during the course of the investigation, officers received information that Hampton had been the one who had kicked the door of the residence open, then entered with the second female and took guns and a television. He then left the adult females and children.
When Hampton was located, he refused to make a statement or to tell police where he had taken the other stolen items.
On Tuesday, Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $75,000 bond for Hampton and for McDaniel after ruling prosecutors have probable cause to charge them with residential burglary and theft of property. McDaniel can also be charged with endangering the welfare of minors.