Man on parole arrested after allegedly threatening police


A Pine Bluff man who is currently on parole was arrested Monday after he was chased by police from an apartment complex where he had been banned and allegedly threatened to kill the officers.

Darnell Washington, 26, who Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said had multiple felony convictions, also allegedly had a loaded .38-caliber handgun on him when he was wrestled to the ground after allegedly fighting police.

Detective Jerry Lambert said in a probable cause affidavit that police were patrolling an apartment complex in the 2100 block of South Beech Street because of complaints from residents about a prowler when they saw Washington, who was on a bicycle.

Kizer said police told Washington to stop, but he fled on the bike and a chase of several blocks ensued before Washington was caught.

Lambert said in the affidavit that when Washington was wrestled to the ground and police found the handgun, he allegedly said he “wished he could have gotten the shots off at you (expletive).”

In addition to being on parole, Kizer said Washington has pending charges of forgery and endangering the welfare of a minor and is listed as a parole absconder on a warrant with no bond.

Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $25,000 cash-only bond Wednesday for Washington on new allegations of two counts of terroristic threatening and on one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Lambert said in the affidavit that Washington is also the prime suspect in another case involving forgery, fraud and theft of property, but those allegations were not presented in court Wednesday.