A Pine Bluff police officer working off-duty security at an apartment complex Monday allegedly saw a man climbing through an apartment window, and after checking the apartment, arrested the man when he tried to run from the area.
Justin Preston, 24, said in court Wednesday the apartment belonged to his girlfriend. According to a probable cause affidavit from Detective William Freeman, the tenants of the apartment had been evicted earlier that day.
During a court hearing Wednesday morning, Deputy Prosecutor Jill Reed said the officer was working at St. John Apartments at 1105 E. 26th Ave. and saw a man later identified as Preston climbing through a window, then closing the window.
After other officers arrived, a search was conducted of the apartment, but Preston had left and was seen walking in the area a short time later.
Reed said Preston ran and was detained after a foot chase, and he initially gave officers a false name before he was identified.
She said Preston is on parole and has charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm and aggravated assault pending and is listed as an absconder by the Department of Corrections.
Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $25,000 bond for Preston after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with criminal trespass and obstructing governmental operations and told him to come back to court at 9 a.m. Aug. 7.