Two Pine Bluff men — including one described by a police detective as the “leader of a burglary gang” — were arrested Wednesday in connection with a house burglary in central Pine Bluff.
David Hanley, 20, and Toriano Robinson, 23, were in a car that matched the description of one a witness had seen leave the scene of the burglary Tuesday night at 1600 S. Willow St., Deputy Prosecutor Nicole Pugh said Thursday in Jefferson County District Court.
Hanley also was identified as one of four people who was allegedly involved in a home invasion burglary in late December, Detective Jerry Lambert of the Pine Bluff Police Department said in a separate hearing on that allegation.
Regarding the alleged home invasion, Lambert said police were sent Feb. 20 to a house in the 3100 block of Violet Drive, where the alleged victim said she and several others were at home when four black males kicked open the door and entered the house.
The alleged victim said one of the men, later identified as Hanley, pointed a gun at her head and asked who else was in the house. Hanley then allegedly told the other suspects to “round up everyone in the house and bring them to the living room.”
Lambert said a 3-year-old child was among those in the house and Hanley allegedly pointed a gun at the child and threatened to kill him, adding that the other three suspects were all juveniles.
Two of the juveniles were wearing bandannas, and Lambert said the bandannas kept slipping and the victim’s son recognized the two suspects because he had gone to school with them.
Hanley was identified after police showed the victim a photo lineup, Lambert said.
The victim told police that a 52-inch flat-screen television, two cell phones, a Play Station 3, Game Boy and assorted games were taken by the suspects.
Pugh said Hanley is on probation in Jefferson County Circuit Court on charges of residential burglary and commercial burglary.
In the latest incident, Pugh said witnesses saw two men get into a green Ford Taurus after the burglary was reported and when police arrived, they found a television and other items stacked up in the living room. A description of the vehicle was broadcast and officers stopped it at West 17th Avenue and Mulberry Street and found Hanley and Robinson inside.
A flat-screen television and other items were found in the back seat and a silver and black .38-caliber handgun was found in the passenger side door.
Detective Temmiothy Johnson of the Pine Bluff Police Department said in a probable-cause affidavit that Hanley said the television and other items were in the car when Robinson picked him up, while Robinson said that a person he knew only as “Colt” offered him money to drive him to the house on Willow Street and pick up the television.
Pugh said Robinson has an extensive criminal history and is on parole on six cases involving burglaries and thefts. He also is listed as a parole absconder by the Arkansas Department of Community Corrections.
At Pugh’s request, Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $50,000 cash-only bond for Robinson after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with residential burglary and theft of property. Robinson said he would hire his own attorney.
Because of the two separate cases, Bridgforth set a $100,000 cash-only bond for Hanley, who refused the offer of a Public Defender after saying he would not hire his own attorney.