Man arrested for allegedly beating, robbing mother’s boyfriend


A Pine Bluff man was taken into custody early Tuesday morning for allegedly beating and robbing his mother’s boyfriend in a Nov. 23 incident at his mother’s residence.

Pine Bluff Police Department officers responding to a man down call on Nov. 23 in the 2600 block of West 30th Avenue found a black male lying in a pool of blood and drifting in and out of consciousness, according to police reports on the incident. The victim was transported to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock for treatment because of the severity of his injuries.

Brandon Thurman, 22, allegedly got into a confrontation with the victim and allegedly took out a pistol and began to beat the victim. Thurman allegedly took the victim’s wallet along with several hundred dollars in cash and some cigarettes.

Thurman fled the scene and was apprehended after a multi-day investigation by PBPD detectives.

Special Judge Luke Zakrzewski set a $250,000 cash-only bond for Thurman on Thursday after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with first degree battery, aggravated robbery and theft of property.

The judge also ordered Thurman to have no contact with the alleged victim and told him to come back to court Jan. 10.

Zakrzewski appointed the Public Defender’s Office to represent Thurman.