Bond set in alleged assault


A $50,000 bond was set Thursday for a Pine Bluff man who allegedly fired a shot at another man Tuesday.

Earnest Lagrone, 32, is accused of aggravated assault, unlawful discharge of a firearm within the city limits and being a felon in possession of a firearm. Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set the bond after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge Lagrone.

Deputy Prosecutor Cymber Gieringer said Lagrone had previously been convicted of breaking or entering and theft of property in 2006.

Detective Scott Norton said in a probable cause affidavit that the alleged victim told police he was riding a bicycle on Port Road near Colorado Street heading toward the railroad museum at 12:45 p.m. when he saw a blue Cadillac coming toward him.

Gieringer said the alleged victim told police he knew the driver the car, later identified as Lagrone, and tried to talk to him when Lagrone pulled out a small chrome-colored handgun and fired one shot, which just missed the alleged victim’s face.

Norton said in the affidavit that police located the car in the yard of a house in the 500 block of East Short 24th Avenue and received permission to search the vehicle by Lagrone, but no gun was found.

Gieringer said police asked Lagrone if he had shot a gun and Lagrone allegedly said “I don’t know,” and also denied consent to search the house, telling the officers they would need a warrant.

He also allegedly said he had been driving in the area where the incident occurred but said he did not shoot at anyone, Norton said in the affidavit.

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

Lagrone said he would hire his own attorney.