Little Rock murder suspect arrested on drug charges


A Pine Bluff man accused of capital murder in Little Rock last year was arrested Wednesday after police reportedly saw him driving a vehicle on the west side of the city.

Christopher Rogers, 22, reportedly ran after pulling the truck he was driving into the yard of a house, and was found hiding under a truck several blocks away, Vice and Narcotics Detective Marquis Blake said in a probable cause affidavit.

Rogers had been arrested on Jan. 13 in Pine Bluff after a car chase that ended at West 12th Avenue and Maple Street. He was taken to Pulaski County on charges of capital murder and aggravated robbery, and posted bond there. He is also on probation in Jefferson County on drug-related charges, and was arrested again on drug-related charges in September.

Blake reported that he was westbound on West 13th Avenue at Plum Street when he saw a black Dodge Ram pass him. Blake knew from previous contacts that the vehicle belonged to Rogers, and he knew that Rogers was wanted on the charges from Little Rock.

The truck driven by Rogers reportedly made several turns before it stopped in a yard on West 11th Avenue where Rogers and another man jumped out and fled on foot. A woman who was also in the truck remained and was released after being questioned.

Blake reported that he saw a “pink, small-caliber handgun” in plain sight on the floor of the truck, and other officers responding to the area set up a perimeter.

A resident at Ninth Avenue and Cypress Street reported hearing someone in his back yard and police went to the house, where Rogers was located.

Blake reported that the gun was a .380-caliber that was loaded, and he also found two plastic bags containing marijuana and a set of digital scales in the console of the truck.

A baby bottle containing a greenish-blue substance believed to be codeine was found in the driver’s side door of the truck, Blake said in a probable cause affidavit.

He said that Rogers was not interviewed because he appeared to be under the influence of a controlled substance.

Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $250,000 cash-only bond for Rogers after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with possession of a controlled substance with purpose to deliver marijuana, simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of a controlled substance codeine.

In addition, two petitions have been filed seeking to revoke Rogers’ probation on drug-related charges from 2011, and bond on those was set at $10,000.

On Sept. 26, Christopher Rogers and Deshawn Rogers, 25, were arrested after sheriff’s deputy Courtney Kelly stopped a vehicle they were in for a traffic violation near 16th Avenue and Cypress Street.

Deshawn Rogers fled from from the vehicle and deputies found a .40-caliber handgun and a bag containing marijuana in the area where Deshawn Rogers was arrested.

A set of digital scales were found in the vehicle Christopher Rogers was sitting in, and he was held on probable cause of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Formal charges have not been filed on that incident as yet.

Although Kearney set a bond for Christopher Rogers on the Tuesday night arrest, he will not be able to post that bond because a hold was placed on him by Pulaski County authorities.