Trooper arrests man with gun after concern for man's welfare

An Arkansas State Trooper who was patrolling north of the river Saturday night stopped to check the welfare of a man who was pulling a large blue plastic container and arrested the man after allegedly finding a handgun that had been stuffed in a pouch inside the man’s pants.

Donta Greer, 33, a convicted felon on charges of criminal mischief, aggravated robbery, theft of property and criminal use of a prohibited weapon was arrested by Trooper Jerome Sanders after Sanders saw Greer at 8:54 p.m. near the four-way intersection of U.S. Highways 63 and 79B.

Sanders said in a probable cause affidavit he turned around after seeing Greer walking and pulling the container. When he approached Greer, he “seemed nervous.”

When Sanders patted down Greer for officer safety, he said Greer “kept turning away and raising his hands” and he handcuffed Greer for his own safety while he continued the pat-down.

Sanders said in the affidavit he felt a “hard metal surface like the curvature of a handgun handle” and when he unfastened Greer’s pants, found a black pouch with the gun, a silver and black .38-caliber special inside the pouch.

Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $10,000 bond for Greer on Tuesday 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 Greer.