Man arrested after alleged assault


A man was arrested by Pine Bluff police after an alleged assault on June 3.

Anthony Simmons, 38, is facing charges of aggravated assault after allegedly threatening two people with a gun, Deputy Prosecutor Nicole Pugh said during a court hearing Monday. Simmons drove a red pickup truck to the parking lot of a company at 5400 Dollarway Road and allegedly threatened two people.

Simmons began to follow one of the alleged victims who had driven away, Pugh said. While he was leaving, Simmons backed his truck into a vehicle belonging to the other alleged victim.

Simmons followed one of the alleged victims to a nearby Exxon gas station, and the second alleged victim followed Simmons, who allegedly confronted her, according to a probable cause affidavit from Detective David Norton.

“He approached her with a black handgun and shoved the handgun in her face,” Pugh said. “[The alleged victim] told police she thought [Simmons] was going to shoot her.”

Simmons has a criminal history dating back to 1992 on charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm, burglary and theft by receiving, Pugh said.

Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney granted Pugh’s request for a $50,000 bond for Simmons after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with aggravated assault. The judge also ordered Simmons to have no contact with the two alleged victims.