Bond set in alleged defaced firearm allegation

A $5,000 bond was set Thursday for a Pine Bluff man who was arrested Wednesday after police reported finding a handgun that had the serial number defaced.

Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set the bond after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge Jonathan Tillmon, 19, with possession of a defaced firearm.

Deputy Prosecutor Nicole Pugh said Tillmon was arrested after police conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle he was driving.

Detective Steven Rucker said in a probable-cause affidavit Tillmon drove through an apartment complex at 20th Avenue and Blake Street, then backed up when he saw the police cars.

Pugh said the officers used their cars to block Tillmon in, and reported seeing him leaning toward the passenger side of the vehicle and apparently trying to reach for something with his right hand.

Rucker said in the affidavit that the handgun, a .22-caliber, was found in the passenger side floorboard and the serial number had been filed completely off. The affidavit said it appeared that the serial number had been on the underside of the barrel but the barrel had been filed down to almost flat.

When Tillmon was interviewed, he allegedly told police he didn’t know the gun was in the vehicle.

Tillmon said he would hire his own attorney and was told to come back to court Sept. 4.