Bond set in alleged robbery, shooting

A $25,000 bond was set Tuesday for a Pine Bluff man who was shot after he allegedly was involved in an attempted robbery Saturday night.

Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set the bond after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge Nicholas Rogers, 19, with attempted aggravated robbery.

Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said police were sent to the 200 block of North Bois D-Arc Street just before midnight Saturday. Kizer said the alleged victim, Bobby Richardson, 19, said a red Cadillac pulled up in front of the house and he recognized the driver and Rogers, who was in the back seat, but did not recognize the third person in the car.

Detective William Freeman said in a probable-cause affidavit that Richardson opened the door of the car and all three men pointed handguns at him.

Kizer said Richardson told police he struggled with one of the men over the gun, then heard a shot and heard a person he believed to be Rogers say “take me to the hospital. I’ve been shot.”

Freeman said in the affidavit that officers found Rogers on the parking lot of McDonald’s at 101 S. Blake St., and he initially said he had been shot by a black male near Dollarway High School. Kizer said Rogers later changed that story to say the shooting had occurred near the Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant, and also changed the description of the person who allegedly shot him.

Kizer said Richardson told police the three men had attempted to rob him.

Rogers was taken by ambulance to Jefferson Regional Medical Center, where he was treated for a gunshot wound to the leg, then released and taken to the adult detention center.

In addition to setting the bond, Kearney ordered Rogers to have no contact with the alleged victim until the case is settled, and told him to come back to court Aug. 30.

Rogers said he would hire his own attorney.