Wanted man considered armed, dangerous


Police are looking for a man they consider armed and dangerous who was last seen fleeing from police in the 2300 block of West 24th Avenue.

Tyler Donice Benson, 23, is 5 feet, 11 inches tall with black hair and brown eyes, according to a press release from Pine Bluff Police Department Lt. David Price. He is wanted for allegedly committing a terroristic act on Thursday at West 17th Avenue and Linden Street. Two others have already been arrested in connection with the incident.

Police were called at 8:35 p.m Thursday to a residence, where they spoke with witnesses who described seeing two men in all black in the street trying to rob some men in a gray Grand Marquis, ending in an exchange of gunfire between the would-be robbers and the men in the car, according to a police report on the incident.

The witnesses said one of the men in the car — Henry McAllister, 20, who has since been arrested — pulled up to their house and pointed a gun at the mother, demanding to know the whereabouts of her son, who McAllister believed had been a part of the robbery attempt. McAllister then allegedly said he was going to come back and kill the son.

At this point during the police’s interview with the alleged victims, they were notified that the Grand Marquis had come back by the house. Officers gave chase, pursuing the vehicle from West 20th Avenue to West 24th Avenue, where the driver — whom police identified as Benson — jumped out of the car and took off running in the woods.

McAllister and Darius Johnson, 23, were still in the vehicle and were arrested. A box of bullets and several used shell casings were found in the vehicle, according to the police report.

Johnson appeared in court on Friday and the judge ruled there was probable cause to charge him with committing a terroristic act and set bond at $50,000. McAllister appeared in court on Monday and the judge ruled there was probable cause to charge him with committing a terroristic and set a cash-only bond at $100,000.

Anyone with information about Benson’s whereabouts is asked to contact the PBPD Detective Division at 730-2090 or the dispatch center at 541-5300.