Bond set in alleged rape


A $100,000 bond was set Monday for a Pine Bluff man who allegedly raped a woman at gunpoint Saturday morning.

Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set the bond for Christopher Holder, 20, after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with rape.

According to Deputy Prosecutor Karres Manning, Holder also is a suspect in a second rape that occurred in the same location.

Detective Temmiothy Johnson said in a probable-cause affidavit that the 21-year-old alleged victim told police she had been talking to a person she knew as Tom Jones and agreed to go for a walk with him Saturday morning.

Manning said Holder allegedly told the victim he had left his basketball behind Belair School and when they walked behind the school, Holder allegedly pulled out a silver and black handgun and forced the victim to have sex with him.

Johnson said in the affidavit that the alleged victim gave police a description and they were able to trace the number Holder had called her from, speaking to a female who said she had allowed a black male to use the phone, and gave a description that matched the description given by the alleged victim.

Manning said police prepared a photo lineup and the alleged victim picked out Holder from that lineup.

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

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