Teen to be charged as adult in residential burglary

A teenager will be charged as an adult in connection with a residential burglary Friday.

Jimmy Singleton, 17, was one of three people taken into custody after police responded to an alarm at a house in the 2400 block of West 39th Avenue at about noon Friday, Detective David Norton of the Pine Bluff Police Department said during a court hearing for Singleton on Tuesday.

According to records at the prosecutor’s office, Singleton will be 18 in three weeks.

Norton said that when police arrived at the house, they saw two men later identified as Singleton and Marcus Pugh, 18, run through the back yard and jump a fence.

While they were searching the area, officers received information that the two men had jumped into a black vehicle near West 34th Avenue. After seeing a dark blue vehicle, they stopped the car and located Singleton and Pugh.

The car was driven by Krystal Edgerson, 19. When Singleton and Pugh were interviewed by police, they both said Edgerson had dropped them off and stayed in the area until they called her to come pick them up.

Both Pugh and Edgerson appeared in district court for a probable cause hearing Monday and Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth ruled that prosecutors had probable cause to charge them with residential burglary, theft of property and fleeing. Both for each of the two was set at $10.000.

On Tuesday, Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney ruled that prosecutors had probable cause to charge Singleton with the same offenses, and set his bond at $10,000.

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