Two men arrested in December in the robbery of the Family Dollar store on West 28th Avenue have been charged with manslaughter after one of the other suspects in the incident was shot by police and later died.
Robert Jordan Jr., 22, and Jerome Pridgeon, 20, also were charged with one count of aggravated robbery and one count of theft by property by Prosecuting Attorney S. Kyle Hunter.
Jordan, Pridgeon and Jeffrey Freeman, 20, were arrested after the robbery, A fourth suspect, Keyvis McCoy, 23, turned himself in to police.
The fifth suspect, Samuel Freeman, 23, was shot by Pine Bluff Police Officer Bill Ablondi after Samuel Freeman and McCoy came out of the Family Dollar on Dec. 6 and Samuel Freeman pointed a gun at Ablondi. The officer was part of a special robbery detail assigned to watch dollar stores and convenience stores after a series of robberies during late November and early December.
Samuel Freeman died of his wounds Dec. 15. Ablondi was cleared of any wrongdoing and has returned to work.
According to the probable-cause affidavit, Samuel Freeman was wearing a green Halloween mask and a revolver was found a short distance from where he fell after being shot. A mesh backpack containing money taken from the store also was recovered.
After the shooting, Pridgeon ran and jumped into a car driven by Jordan that left the scene. They were caught, as was Jeffrey Freeman, after an off-duty police officer, Jalyndria Murry, who was at her apartment, heard gunshots and saw flashing blue lights. When she went outside, Murry saw the vehicle pull up and the suspects run away from the scene.
Chief Deputy Prosecutor Wayne Juneau said Friday that prosecutors are still reviewing video from the other stores that were robbed to determine who should be charged with which robberies.
According to records at the prosecutor’s office, Jordan is on probation on burglary and theft charges while Pridgeon has no prior convictions.