Convicted felon arrested after gun found in car Monday

A man who admitted he was a convicted felon and on parole was arrested Monday after police found a gun in his car.

Sterling Armour, 44, was stopped after he drove through a stop sign at 13th Avenue and Maple Street, Detective Sgt. Ralph Issac said in a probable cause affidavit.

Issac said after police turned on their blue lights, they could see Armour “reaching around in the car” before pulling over at 13th Avenue and Cypress Street.

A set of digital scales were in the driver’s side door, and Issac said Armour told officers “he smokes weed” and had a “bag of weed” in his pocket.

According to the affidavit, Armour pulled out the bag and gave it to police, and he was arrested for misdemeanour possession of a controlled substance.

Issac said a .25-caliber Raven Arms handgun with two bullets in the magazine and one in the chamber was found in the car. Armour allegedly told police he “owned the gun for protection” and bought it in the area of 15th Avenue and Cherry Street.

Armour also allegedly told detectives he had served a 10-year prison sentence in Texas, was released in 2010 and his parole was transferred to Arkansas.

Issac said in the affidavit that Armour is on parole until 2025, according to the Arkansas Crime Information Center records.

Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $10,000 cash-only bond for Armour after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Kearney told Armour to come back to court May 14.