A $100,000 bond was set Wednesday for a Pine Bluff man who allegedly stabbed a woman several times Monday morning, then forced her into his vehicle and drove into Grant County where she was able to escape.
Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set the bond for Larry Rucker Jr., 33, after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with kidnapping and first-degree battery.
Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said Rucker would also be charged with third-degree domestic battery, a misdemeanor, as a result of the incident that occurred just after 7 a.m. Monday at 9102 Shannon Road.
Sheriff’s Investigator Randy Jackson said deputies responded to a reported domestic disturbance. When they arrived, Jackson said, they were met by Kristie Davidson, Rucker’s girlfriend, who was “covered in blood.”
Rucker allegedly assaulted Davidson and when a friend of Davidson, Sherry Davis, tried to intervene, Rucker allegedly stabbed Davis several times before forcing her into his vehicle and leaving the scene.
On Monday, Major Lafayette Woods Jr. said Rucker told Davis he was going to take her to a hospital but instead drove into Grant County and when Davis realized Rucker was not going to a hospital, she jumped out when the vehicle stopped at a stop sign, and ran to a nearby house for help.
Jackson said in the affidavit that Grant County Sheriff’s deputies were called and an ambulance took Davis to Jefferson Regional Medical Center where she underwent emergency surgery.
Kizer said one of the knife wounds pierced Davis’ lung.
Deputies found Rucker’s vehicle about 200 yards off the road on Jed Road behind a house that belongs to Rucker’s brother, and Jackson reported the vehicle had been burned.
Rucker was taken into custody Monday night at the house on Shannon Road where the original altercation occurred.
In addition to setting the bond, Bridgforth ordered Rucker to have no contact with Davidson or Davis until the case is settled, and told him to come back to court May 29.
Rucker could be heard telling Bridgforth “I made a mistake,” even after she had cautioned him to not make any statements that could be used against him.
He said he would hire his own attorney.