Cash-only bond set in alleged attack on ambulance employee

A Pine Bluff man arrested Wednesday after he allegedly attacked a member of an ambulance crew will have to post a $25,000 cash-only bond to be released from the county detention center while prosecutors prepare felony charges against him.

During a court hearing Thursday, Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set the bond after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge Orlando Lancaster, 38, with second-degree battery.

Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said the charge normally would have been third-degree battery, a misdemeanor, but because the attack was on a licensed medical service person, state law provides that second-degree battery is the appropriate charge.

Detective Steve Rucker reported that Lancaster flagged down an Emergency Ambulance Service Inc. ambulance at 2402 Cherry and told the two ambulance attendents, David Pritchard and John Herndon, that he was sick and needed to be taken to the hospital.

Kizer said Lancaster showed “no obvious signs of injury” and while Pritchard and Herndon were attempting to talk to him, Lancaster allegedly punched Pritchard in the face, knocking him down, and then started choking him.

Rucker reported that Herndon pulled Lancaster off Pritchard, who was taken to Jefferson Regional Medical Center for treatment of his injuries.

Kizer said that when Lancaster was interviewed by police, he admitted the attack, saying he “lost his temper.”

In addition to setting the bond, Bridgforth ordered Lancaster, who is on probation on drug-related charges, to have no contact with Pritchard until the case is settled, and told him to come back to court April 19.

Lancaster said he would hire his own attorney.

In addition to the second-degree allegation, Lancaster is being held on three separate body attachments for allegedly failing to pay child support, with one of those dating back to 1994.