A deputy with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office responding to a report of a burglary in progress arrested a man and woman from Pine Bluff in the pre-dawn hours of Saturday morning on the premises of a fireworks tent on U.S. Highway 79 South and Wingard Road.
Detective Kaleisha Wise said in a probable-cause affidavit that responding deputy Dennis Kendall saw a red car at the back of the fireworks stand and that he found Darian Hampton, 18, in the passenger seat; with Brian Cochran, 18, spotted as he emerged from the fireworks tent and attempted to get into the driver’s seat.
Wise said in the affidavit that Kendall drew his service weapon and ordered the two out of the car, at which point he took them into custody.
Pine Bluff District Court Judge John Kearney set a $2,500 unsecured bond each for Cochran and for Hampton after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge each of them with commercial burglary and theft of property.
The Public Defender’s Office was appointed to represent Cochran and Hampton said that she would hire her own attorney. They were told to return to court Aug. 12.