Alleged robbery in progress ends in arrest after man jumps into truck

A report of a possible robbery in progress Wednesday afternoon resulted in the arrest of a man who allegedly jumped in the back of a pickup truck while fleeing store security personnel from Walmart.

LeArthur Shelton, 25, allegedly told the driver of the truck he had a gun and would kill the man if he didn’t drive away, Deputy Prosecutor Rik Ramsey said during a court hearing for Shelton on Friday.

According to Ramsey, Shelton had previously tried to get into another car before jumping into the back of the truck at the Game Stop at 6501 S. Olive St.

Detective Michael Roberts said in a probable-cause affidavit that Shelton had fled from Walmart after returning some items that had previously been stolen. He received a $130 gift card and made a small purchase, then ran when confronted by store security officers trying to arrest him.

Roberts said Shelton was arrested after he was found in the back of the truck, and no gun was found.

Ramsey said Shelton is on probation from Jefferson County Circuit Court.

Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $25,000 cash-only bond for Shelton after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with terroristic threatening.

Shelton was also ordered to have no contact with the alleged victim until the case is settled.

The Public Defender’s Office was appointed to represent Shelton.