Bond set in alleged August robbery


A $50,000 bond was set Tuesday for the second of two suspects arrested after an investigation into an alleged robbery on Aug. 25.

Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set the bond after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge Jeffery Cole, 37, with aggravated robbery.

Cole initially was arrested along with the second suspect, Clifton Tyrone Welch, but was released pending further investigation after police did not submit a probable-cause affidavit to prosecutors before Cole went to court the first time. He was re-arrested Friday afternoon.

Detective William Freeman said in that affidavit that the alleged robbery occurred at a house in the 2600 block of South Laurel Street at 5:51 p.m. on Aug. 25.

During the court hearing, Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said police were sent to the house initially to investigate a reported burglary, but after arriving, learned that it was a robbery.

The male victim told police he opened his door and was confronted by two black males, one with a shotgun, and was forced to lie on his couch while the men took cash and beer before leaving.

Kizer said a witness to the incident told police he knew where the suspects lived and took officers to a house in the 700 block of West 12th Avenue where they located Cole and Welch.

Freeman said in the affidavit that the victim was shown photographs of Cole and Welch and identified them as the men who had robbed him.

In addition to setting the bond, Kearney ordered Cole to have no contact with the alleged victim until the case is settled.

The Public Defender’s Office was appointed to represent Cole.