Bond set in alleged stalking, robbery

A $25,000 bond was set Thursday for a Pine Bluff man who allegedly threatened his former girlfriend, physically assaulted her and took money during a series of incidents that began in February.

Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set the bond after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge Kelvin Sanders, 28, with stalking and robbery.

Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said the incidents began when the woman called police Feb. 23 and reported that Sanders had called her a number of times, despite the fact that she had an order of protection against him.

Detective Jeremy Oswalt said in the probable cause affidavit that the woman called police frequently to complain about Sanders, including one incident where he allegedly came to her house and took the electric meter.

Kizer said the woman also told police Sanders had physically assaulted her and taken $50 from her wallet, and on another occasion, threatened to “burn her house down.”

Oswalt said police finally were able to locate Sanders on Wednesday and he allegedly admitted taking the electric meter and contacting the woman and also allegedly admitted that he had been served with the order of protection.

In addition to setting the bond, Bridgforth ordered Sanders to have no contact with the alleged victim and told him to come back to court May 9.

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