Four 2012 homicides remain unsolved

As the year draws to a close, there are four homicides that remain unsolved in Pine Bluff and authorities are asking for help in closing those cases.

There have been 18 homicides reported this year in Jefferson County, 17 of them inside the Pine Bluff city limits, and police have made arrests or identified suspects in 14 of those.

The four cases that remain open are as follows:

•Christopher Patillo, 28, whose body was found inside a parked car Jan. 19 in the area of 24th Avenue and Plum Street. He had been shot to death.

• Tarance Lamar Franklin, 26, who was killed after he reportedly exchanged shots with an intruder March 17 at 86 S. Richard Drive. Franklin was pronounced dead of an apparent gunshot wound to the upper body.

• Michael Mallett Jr., 31, whose body was found inside a parked car Aug. 22 in the 2600 block of Cockrill Street. The cause of death was listed as multiple gunshot wounds to the upper body.

• Mohammad Islam, 28, who was killed Sept. 25 while working as a clerk at the Big Red Food Mart at 2401 E. 6th Ave. The cause of death was listed as multiple gunshot wounds to the upper body and police are treating the case as an aggravated robbery, theft of property and capital murder.

The store did not have a working camera security system at the time of the incident and late this year, the Pine Bluff City Council adopted an ordinance requiring convenience stores and other businesses to have a working camera system. The ordinance only applies to new businesses or to businesses where police have been sent for multiple incidents.

A reward of up to $1,000 is available for information leading to the identification and arrest of the person or persons responsible for any of these unsolved homicides.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Detective Division at 730-2090. All calls will be kept confidential. Anonymous tips may be sent to the police department website at or through their Facebook page. To text a tip to detectives, text 274637, then put “PBPD” with the message.