Cash only bond set in alleged kidnapping, rape

A $100,000 cash-only bond was set Thursday for a Pine Bluff man who allegedly held his former girlfriend against her will for several hours and repeatedly sexually assaulted her.

Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set the bond after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge Kendrick Johnson, 31, with kidnapping and rape.

Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said the incident occurred between midnight and about 6 a.m. Sunday. According to a probable-cause affidavit from Detective Cassandra McAfee, the alleged victim was able to escape after she persuaded Johnson to take her to a convenience store so she could buy him cigarettes.

McAfee said in the affidavit that the alleged victim told police Johnson came into her house and took her cell phone and keys, then hit her in the head several times before assaulting her.

Johnson also allegedly took cash from the woman before he drove her to the store, and she was able to call police and remain inside the business until the officers arrived.

Both Kizer and the alleged victim said Johnson appeared to be under the influence of some type of drug, and Kizer said officers were not able to question him for two days because of that condition.

McAfee said in the affidavit that the alleged victim was taken to Jefferson Regional Medical Center where she was treated for injuries..

Kizer said Johnson has a pending charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm and the bond he posted on that charge has been revoked, meaning he will not be able to post bond on the new allegations until he appears before the judge who issued the order.

Kearney also ordered Johnson to have no contact with the alleged victim until the case is settled.

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