Bond set in alleged burglaries


A $10,000 cash only bond was set Tuesday for a Pine Bluff man who allegedly broke into a house on the west side of the city twice Sunday afternoon.

Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set the bond after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge Michael Chidester, 30, with two counts of residential burglary.

Chidester, who is currently on probation, was taken into custody Sunday night stemming from incidents at a house on Cypress Drive that began just after 1 p.m., Detective Jeremy Oswalt said in a probable cause affidavit presented in court Tuesday.

According to the affidavit, a female told police Chidester came to her house and started beating on the windows of the house and her vehicle, and refused to leave, even after being asked to do so several times.

Oswalt said in the affidavit Chidester busted the door of the house open and the woman told police she fired a shot at Chidester who then left. Police reported that the glass in the screen door of the house was busted and the door and door frame were broken.

Officers were sent back to the house at about 2:15 p.m., when Chidester allegedly returned and the woman told police he entered the residence through the door he had broken earlier. When she threatened to shoot him, Chidester left, Oswalt said in the affidavit.

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