Two Pine Bluff men accused of being involved in a shoplifting robbery at the Dollar General Store on Camden Road Monday night will have to post $50,000 cash only bonds to be released from the county detention center while prosecutors prepare felony charges against them.
Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set the bonds after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge Walter Farver, 53, with aggravated robbery and Christopher Goodrum Sr., 48, with aggravated assault.
Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer asked for the cash only bonds because both Farver and Goodrum had lengthy criminal records dating back to the 1980s.
Detective Jacqueline Stevenson reported that police were sent to the Dollar General at 2829 Camden Road at about 5:45 p.m. in response to a reported robbery in progress.
Farver had reportedly entered the store and was seen by a store manager trying to conceal underwear on his body, Stevenson said in the probable cause affidavit. The manager reportedly told Farver to put the items on the counter, which Farver did, then told Farver he could not leave the store.
Kizer said Farver took out a knife like object and began to swing it at the store manager and after the manager ran outside and put the door between himself and Farver, Farver reportedly broke the glass in the door and jumped in the bed of a truck driven by Goodrum.
Stevenson reported that Detective Brad Vilches, who was in the area when the robbery in progress call was broadcast, jumped in front of the truck to try and stop it and Goodrum reportedly accelerated, causing Vilches to jump out of the way.
Farver and Goodrum were then arrested without further incident.
Judge Kearney told both men to come back to court Dec. 11.