Reported disturbance leads to alleged burglary arrest


A reported disturbance at a house in central Pine Bluff Tuesday night resulted in the arrest of a man who allegedly broke in through a door and struck one of the occupants with a baseball bat.

Benny Goodwin, 56, allegedly admitted forcing his way into the house, but denied hitting anyone, Detective Chris Wieland said in a probable cause affidavit presented in district court Thursday.

According to the affidavit, police were sent to the reported disturbance in the 1400 block of West 26th Avenue just after 8 p.m. and when they arrived, broke up a fight between Goodwin and one of the occupants.

Wieland said in the affidavit that a female in the house told officers Goodwin kicked in a door with a baseball bat in his hand, and a man who was in the house said Goodwin hit him in the head with the bat.

The affidavit said Goodwin told police he was intoxicated and admitted he had a bat in his hand, but said he did not hit anyone.

Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $10,000 bond for Goodwin after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with residential burglary and second-degree battery.

Goodwin was also ordered to have no contact with the alleged victims until the case is settled.

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