A Pine Bluff woman died Monday after police suspect she and two other men robbed a 77-year-old man*** in Hensley and then crashed the getaway vehicle.
Cloie Joles, 36, was pronounced dead at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, where Reddie Robert Stanley, 24, also of Pine Bluff, was still being treated, according to an e-mail from Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Lt. Carl M. Minden early Tuesday.
A third man — whose name was not released by sheriff’s deputies — allegedly fled the scene of the accident but was in custody and also being treated at the hospital by the time of a followup email from Minden at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. Stanley and the unidentified suspect could face charges of aggravated burglary, pending the results of the completed investigation.
Deputies were dispatched to a home on West Hensley Road at about 10:10 p.m. Monday, according to a sheriff’s office report. The alleged victim told deputies that a female knocked on his front door and told him her vehicle had broken down nearby. When he opened to door, two men forced their way in and knocked him to the ground. He struggled, and one of the men sprayed him in the eyes with something that burned and he believed it was pepper spray.
The group took his cell phone, $400 in cash and his driver’s license. They left, and he followed them outside, where he saw them leave in a dark-colored pickup truck.
Meanwhile, deputies also had been dispatched to 4700 West Hensley Road, less than a mile away from the site of the aggravated burglary, where a vehicle had crashed. The victim’s wallet and driver’s license were found inside, and he identified the vehicle as matching the one he had seen the suspects drive away in.
The Hensley Fire Department used hydraulic equipment and other techniques to get Joles and Stanley out of the vehicle. Joles was unconscious in the passenger seat and Stanley was hanging out of the driver’s side window with his legs pinned inside.
A witness reported to deputies that he saw a third person flee from the scene of the accident.
***This article has been corrected from its original version. It originally said the group committed the robbery at gunpoint, but that was incorrect.