Two Pine Bluff men arrested early Tuesday morning could face felony charges, while a third man taken into custody at the same time was released following a court hearing Thursday, pending further investigation.
Brian McDowell, 24, and Jonathan Jones, 22, will each be held on one count of breaking or entering and one count of theft by receiving, while Clifford Chambers Jr., 27, was released at the request of Deputy Prosecutor Bryan Achorn.
“We have no choice at this time but to release Mr. Chambers,” Achorn said. “There is probably more that is in the investigator’s file but it is not in the affidavit.”
That affidavit, from Detective Steven Rucker, said police were sent at 1:18 a.m. to a reported breaking or entering in progress at 3007 S. Midland Drive and saw two people fleeing from a trailer belonging to Kent’s Lawn Service.
Achorn said police set up a perimeter and found Jones hiding behind a business. McDowell and Chambers were found walking in the area.
A car registered to McDowell’s girlfriend was found next to the trailer, and Rucker said in the affidavit two guns were found in the car and one of them had been reported stolen. Officers also found a set of bolt cutters and one of the locks on the trailer cut.
Rucker said both Chambers and McDowell denied any involvement in the incident, while Jones said he cut one of the locks.
Achorn said McDowell has pending charges of forgery, while Jones was placed on probation in December 2013 for 60 months after pleading guilty to manslaughter in the April 26 shooting death of Bendrell Urquhart, 24.
At Achorn’s request, Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $10,000 cash-only bond for McDowell and a $15,000 cash-only bond for Jones and also ordered both men to have no contact with the alleged victim and to stay away from the area where the alleged incident occurred.
McDowell said he would hire his own attorney while the Public Defender’s Office was appointed to represent Jones.