Suspicious vehicle leads to gun arrest

A police officer checking security at Saracen Landing early Saturday morning saw a car parked in a dark area of the landing with the windows fogged up and when he checked further, arrested one of the occupants for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Jervick Ash, 30, whose prior convictions included aggravated robbery and theft of property and who had pending charges of domestic battery, allegedly told police he was taking the gun to his brother, Deputy Prosecutor Bryan Achorn said during a court hearing Monday.

Detective Jerry Lambert said in a probable cause affidavit that when the officer approached the car, he found Ash and a female and saw Ash “moving around” in the back seat and appear to be trying to conceal something. Police allegedly found the gun under his thigh.

Because of the prior convictions, Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney agreed to Achorn’s request and set a $35,000 cash-only bond for Ash after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with being a felon in possession of a firearm.

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