Felon arrested after gun is found in motel room


A report that a gun had been found inside a motel room Friday morning led to the arrest of a convicted felon who allegedly admitted having the gun.

Allen D. Nelson, 52, has a criminal history dating back to 1992, Deputy Prosecutor Nicole Pugh said during a court hearing for Nelson on Monday.

According to a probable-cause affidavit from Detective Jeremy Oswalt of the Pine Bluff Police Department , the gun had been reported stolen in Cleveland County in 2005.

Pugh said police were called to the Red Roof Inn at 210 N. Blake, where the manager reported that the housekeeping staff had found the gun on a table while cleaning a room.

Oswalt said in the affidavit that the room had been rented to Nelson, who had just checked out. About 30 minutes later, officers were called back to the motel after Nelson returned and asked for the gun.

When Nelson was questioned, he allegedly admitted having the gun and being a convicted felon, but also told police he didn’t know the gun was stolen.

Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $10,000 bond for Nelson after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with theft by receiving and with being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Nelson said he would hire his own attorney.