Search continuing for fourth suspect in May homicide


Pine Bluff police are continuing their search for a fourth suspect in the shooting death of a woman at an apartment complex on May 27.

Police spokeswoman Regina VonTungeln said Samuel Kimmons, 26, is wanted on probable cause of capital murder in the death of Carol Baker, 54, who was shot at the Lakeview Apartments at 509 W. Barraque St., and pronounced dead of an apparent gunshot wound to the upper body.

Three other suspects, Kendal Porter, 23, Fitzpatrick Kemp, 34, and Michael Rentals, 19, were arrested within a day after the shooting. All three are being held without bond on probable cause of capital murder.

Testifying at a probable-cause hearing on May 30, Detective Sgt. Bill Wiegand said that Baker had gone to the apartment complex to pick up her grandchildren, had put one of them into a car, had picked up the other one when she and the mother of her grandchildren***, who was not identified during the hearing, were approached by Rentals, who allegedly asked them where “D.W.” was.

According to the probable cause affidavit, D.W. is Darius Martin, the brother of the other woman with Baker***.

Rentals allegedly told the women that “D.W. had shot up his grandmother’s house,” and when the women said D.W. did not live there, Rentals allegedly pulled out a handgun and started shooting, as did several other men who had arrived at the apartment complex in several vehicles.

A day after the shooting, Interim Police Chief Jeff Hubanks said crime scene technicians recovered shell casings from four different calibers of weapons and when he testified, Wiegand said a total of 22 shell casings were recovered on the parking lot.

Anyone with information about Kimmons should contact the Detective Division at 730-2090. All calls are confidential and a reward is available for information leading to an arrest. Anonymous tips can be submitted through the website at www.pbpd.org or through the Facebook page. To text a tip to Detectives, text CRIMES, then put PBPD with the message.

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***This article has been corrected because a relationship was incorrectly described. Click here to view the correction notice.