Blood trail from burglary scene leads to arrest

Police responding to a reported burglary at a house on the west side of Pine Bluff on Saturday afternoon found several broken windows and a blood trail that led to a neighboring house and the eventual arrest of a suspect.

Kendrick Jackson, 19, had been taken to Jefferson Regional Medical Center for treatment of a cut to his right leg close to the ankle, Detective James Huff said in a probable-cause affidavit.

The incident was reported at 3402 Jonquil St., and the property owner told police he had evicted the previous tenants Friday, Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said during a court hearing for Jackson on Monday.

Huff said in the affidavit that a witness reported seeing Jackson kick the window, then go in the house, but when he was questioned, Jackson told police he did not kick the window. He allegedly told police he cut himself on the broken glass and admitted going into the house but said he was looking for something to stop the bleeding.

A pair of tennis shoes with blood on them was found on the porch of a nearby residence. Witnesses told police the shoes belonged to Jackson.

Kizer said during the court appearance that the police affidavit did not indicate a damage estimate.

Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $5,000 bond for Jackson after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with residential burglary, a felony, and misdemeanor criminal mischief.