Bond set in alleged assault


A $75,000 bond was set Wednesday for a Pine Bluff man who allegedly fired shots at another man.

Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set the bond after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge Cedric Howe, 18, with aggravated assault.

According to a probable cause affidavit from Detective Temmiothy Johnson, police were sent Monday to the area of West 17th Avenue and Mulberry Street in response to a report of shots fired.

Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said the alleged victim told police he was walking in the area when he saw a crowd of people and tried to walk in a different direction because he didn’t want to confront people in the crowd.

Johnson said the alleged victim and a witness both told police that Howe and another man came from behind a boarded-up house and fired shots at him.

Kizer said the victim ran from the area and, according to the affidavit, ran to a nearby convenience store where he called police.

The affidavit said the alleged victim told police he and the other individual had been involved in a prior altercation.

When Howe was arrested, he allegedly said he had been at the scene but that he did not fire any shots.

In addition to setting the bond, Bridgforth ordered Howe to have no contact with the alleged victim until the case is settled.

Howe said he would try to hire his own attorney.