Reported crimes in Pine Bluff declined almost 25 percent in January compared to January 2019, according to the department’s monthly report released Wednesday.


There were 277 separate incidents last month, compared to 368 in January 2019, a difference of 91 incidents for a 24.73 percent decline


The report includes two murders that police began investigating on Jan. 3 but Police Chief Kelvin Sergeant said the department is waiting on a final report from the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory and believes those two deaths actually occurred Dec. 31, the same day Sidney Hayes Jr., was stabbed near Ocean’s Restaurant on East Harding Avenue and later died at the hospital.


Alan Michael Moore, 19, was arrested in connection with that death, as well as the deaths of his mother, Lisa Ann Moore and Jamarious Haltiwanger, whose bodies were found inside a house on West 25th Avenue and pronounced dead at the scene.


Moore is currently being held on three counts of capital murder and one count of abuse of a corpse pending the filing of formal charges.


Looking at other crimes against persons, six rapes or attempted rapes were reported in January, the same number as in January 2019.Robberies declined from 11 in January 2019 to seven last month and aggravated assaults went from 31 in January 2019 to 23 last month.


There were 77 simple assaults reported last month compared to 103 in January 2019.


As far as crimes against property are concerned, 11 commercial burglaries were reported in January, four fewer than the 15 reported in January 2019. Residential burglaries were cut nearly in half from 63 in January 2019 to 34 last month.


Ninety-eight thefts were reported last month compared to 119 in January 2019 and motor vehicle thefts stayed the same at 19 for both January 2019 and January 2020.