A report of that a wanted person was inside a vehicle in Central Park early Wednesday resulted in the arrest of the man after police found that the vehicle had been reported stolen.

A report of that a wanted person was inside a vehicle in Central Park early Wednesday resulted in the arrest of the man after police found that the vehicle had been reported stolen.


Spencer Johnson, 19, allegedly told police he saw the vehicle running with the windows opened and got in it because he was homeless and needed a place to stay, Deputy Prosecutor Nicole Pugh said during a court hearing Thursday for Johnson.


According to a probable cause affidavit from Detective Steven Rucker, police were sent at 1:11 a.m. to Central Park and found Johnson asleep in the driver’s seat.


Pugh said when police ran the vehicle identification number, it returned as having been stolen in Pulaski County.


According to the affidavit, when Johnson was questioned by detectives, he told the same story as he did to the initial officers who found him in the vehicle.


Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $10,000 bond for Johnson, who Pugh said had no prior convictions or pending charges, after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with theft by receiving.


Johnson said he would hire his own attorney.