Suspect in vehicle break-in identified from clothing description


A report that a man had broken into a parked vehicle Sunday night in southwest Pine Bluff resulted in the arrest of a man who was allegedly wearing the same clothing that the owner of the car described when she contacted police.

During a court hearing Monday, Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said the alleged victim told police she saw someone going through the console of her parked vehicle on Southwood Drive, and when the man — later identified as Eddie Phelps, 4o — saw her, he took off running toward Hazel Street.

Detective Larry Gailey said in a probable cause affidavit the alleged victim gave police a very specific clothing description of the man she had seen, and Phelps was found behind a house in an alleyway between West 34th Avenue and West 35th Avenue a short time later.

The clothing he was wearing matched the description given by the alleged victim and officers found an earring in his pocket that the alleged victim said was hers.

Kizer said Phelps had previously been convicted of breaking or entering and had “two pages of failures to appear” in district courts.

Because of that, Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $10,000 bond for Phelps after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with breaking or entering.

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