Bond set in alleged damage-to-vehicle incident

A $25,000 bond was set Wednesday for a man who allegedly damaged a parked vehicle at a grocery store Monday.

Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set the bond after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge Jerry Goodman, 52, with criminal mischief.

Deputy Prosecutor Nicole Pugh said Goodman allegedly scratched a car at Brookshire’s on East Harding Avenue, causing an estimated $1,396.02 in damages.

According to a probable cause affidavit from Sgt. Derric Neal, Neal was working off-duty at the store when he was told by a customer that the customer had seen a man damage a vehicle on the parking lot.

When Neal and the customer went to the parking lot to look at the damage, the customer pointed out a man later identified as Goodman leaving the store, Pugh said.

Neal said in the affidavit he confronted Goodman, who denied damaging the vehicle, and also asked Goodman if he had anything on him that could have been used to damage the vehicle and Goodman allegedly said no.

Pugh said Neal reported seeing Goodman hand something to a woman he was walking with and when Neal asked her what Goodman had handed her, the woman allegedly gave Neal a pocketknife that she had concealed in the sleeve of her coat.

According to Goodman, the driver of the other vehicle “cut him off” while both were going for a parking spot on the lot.

Pugh said Goodman had a prior conviction in 2008 and has pending charges of theft of property stemming from an arrest last year. Records at the prosecutor’s office also indicated Goodman was on parole.

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