A $10,000 cash only bond was set Wednesday for a Pine Bluff man accused of robbing two elderly women in May.
Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set the bond after ruling prosecutors have probable cause to charge Dan Shelton, 30, with two counts of robbery.
According to a probable cause affidavit from then Detective and now Sgt. Temmiothy Johnson, between May 15 and May 17, two women who were more than 70 years-old were robbed at their residences.
The first robbery occurred in the 500 block of Indiana Street. The victim said she was in her driveway when a short, dark-skinned black male pushed her down and took her purse before running off in a westerly direction.
The second robbery occurred in the 3000 block of Pennsylvania Street. The victim said she was taking groceries into her house when a short, dark-skinned male snatched her purse and groceries, causing her to stumble down the steps. She said she got into her vehicle to follow the man and saw him get into a vehicle she thought was a mustang but was later determined to be a Dodge Charger.
She told police she recognized he vehicle because it had followed her home from Super 1 Foods on East Harding and she was able to give police a license plate number.
Johnson reported that officers located the car and found Shelton’s identification card in the vehicle. They also located a female who said Shelton was her boyfriend. She told police that the two were at Super 1 Foods and Shelton made he follow an elderly woman to the area of 29th Avenue and Ohio Street. She said Shelton got out of the car and walked away, then came back running with a purse in his hand.
A couple of days earlier, she said she was with Shelton and they were hiding in an area near 6th Avenue and Ohio Street. She said Shelton got out of the vehicle and walked out of sight, then ran back with a purse in his hand.
The woman also gave police permission to search her residence and a handicapped placard was found in a partially opened night stand. A number on the placard showed that it was registered to the victim of the first robbery.
Shelton was arrested Tuesday and was not questioned after he asked for an attorney.He was ordered to have no contact with the victims until the case is settled.