One arrested in robbery of individual


A Pine Bluff man was allegedly robbed at gunpoint Sunday and police arrested two suspects in connection with the robbery.

One of them, Clifton Welch, 42, appeared in court for a probable cause hearing Wednesday, and police will have to try and locate the second man, Jeffrey Cole, 31, who was released from the adult detention center Tuesday after prosecutors received paperwork on a separate robbery that did not list his name.

A probable-cause affidavit alleging that five students from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff were robbed Sunday included the names Jerome Cole, Tevin Cole and LaQuinta Cole, along with that of Loranza Porter Jr., but made no reference to Jeffery Cole.

The affidavit detailing Jeffrey Cole’s alleged involvement with Welch in the robbery of an individual was not sent to prosecutors until Wednesday morning, a day after Cole had been released.

That affidavit, from Detective William Freeman, said the robbery occurred in the 2500 block of South Laurel Street at approximately 5:51 p.m. The alleged victim told police he heard a knock on his door and two men, one armed with a shotgun, came in and robbed him of money and beer.

Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said that after the men left, the victim ran outside and yelled that he had been robbed and witnesses gave police information that led them to Welch and Cole, who were at a house a couple of blocks away from the scene.

Kizer said Welch is on probation and has been convicted of eight felonies since 1996.

Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $100,000 cash-only bond for Welch on Wednesday after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with aggravated robbery.

Welch also was ordered to have no contact with the alleged victim until the case is settled.