Bond set in alleged assault


A $25,000 bond was set Friday for a Pine Bluff man who allegedly pointed a gun at another man while the two were drinking Thursday.

Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set the bond after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge Thomas Amason, 55, with aggravated assault.

Detective Steven Rucker reported that police were called to a house in the 1700 block of West 29th Avenue where the victim said he and Amason had been drinking together when Amason pulled a .357-handgun out of his waist, put the barrel to the victim’s head and threatened to kill the victim.

Deputy Prosecutor Jill Reed said the victim talked Amason into putting the gun down and Amason left the residence. He was located at another house and Rucker reported that police found a gun in Amason’s back pocket.

Rucker reported that Amason was not interviewed because he was intoxicated.

In addition to setting the bond, Bridgforth ordered Amason to have no contact with the alleged victim, and told him to come back to court Dec. 28.

Amason said he would hire his own attorney.