Cash-only bond set in alleged robbery

A $25,000 cash-only bond was set Friday for a Pine Bluff man who allegedly robbed another man in mid-July.

Prosecutors have probable cause to charge Cedric Pitts, 33, with aggravated robbery, Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth ruled Friday and set the bond.

Deputy Prosecutor Nicole Pugh said the alleged victim, Larone Jackson, was interviewed at Jefferson Regional Medical Center where he was being treated for a gunshot wound on July 10.

According to a probable cause affidavit from Detective Steve Rucker, Jackson told police a man, later identified as Pitts, knocked on his door and pointed a gun at him. He said the gun went off and Pitts forced his way into the residence and robbed him of $140 before forcing him down the stairs of the residence.

Pugh said Jackson told police the man who robbed him got into a tan Mercury Grand Marquis and left the scene and police crime scene technicians found a bullet hole in the door of the residence and blood on the ground.

Rucker said Jackson identified Pitts as the person who shot him after reviewing a photo lineup, and when police located Pitts, they found a tan Mercury Grand Marquis that matched the description given by Jackson. When Pitts was interviewed, he denied knowing Jackson and denied robbing him.

Pugh said Pitts had an extensive criminal history dating back to 2001, including convictions for criminal mischief, aggravated assault and drug-related charges. He is also on parole and, according to the intake log at the adult detention center, is listed as an absconder.

In addition to setting the bond, Bridgforth ordered Pitts to have no contact with Jackson until the case is settled.

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