Bond set in alleged robbery, theft

A $50,000 bond was set Tuesday for a Pine Bluff man who allegedly took a man’s cell phone at gunpoint Monday.

Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set the bond after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge McErvin Bagby, 30, with aggravated robbery and misdemeanor theft of property.

Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said the victim told police he had hired Bagby to dig a trench at a house on South Florida Street and the two had a disagreement about when Bagby would be paid.

Detective Steve Rucker reported that the victim said he told Bagby he would pay for the work Wednesday, but Bagby allegedly became angry and struck the man on the left side of the face.

Kizer said when the alleged victim pulled out a cell phone to call 9-1-1, Bagby allegedly pulled out a gun and took the man’s cell phone before leaving the scene in a truck.

Rucker reported that the victim told officers where Bagby could be located and detectives went to a house on Princeton Pike where they found Bagby and the truck.

Bagby reportedly denied any involvement in the incident and asked for an attorney and after police obtained a search warrant, they searched Bagby’s truck.

Kizer said officers found a .30-30 rifle in the truck and several .44-caliber rounds in the console of the vehicle.

In addition to setting the bond, Bridgforth told Bagby to have no contact with the alleged victim and to come back to court April 23.

Bagby said he would hire his own attorney.