PB man arrested after allegedly taking purse from vehicle

A Pine Bluff man was arrested Tuesday after he allegedly took a woman’s purse from a parked vehicle, then fled the scene.

Derrick Womack, 28, was taken into custody after the victim followed the car Womack allegedly had fled in, and called police to report his location.

During a probable cause hearing Thursday, Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said the alleged victim told police she had parked her car at Forrest Park Elementary School and had gone in to pick up a child. When she came out, she saw a man later identified as Womack in her vehicle.

Detective Sam Atkinson said in the affidavit that the alleged victim told police she knew Womack because she had gone to school with him, and followed Womack’s car to 15th Avenue and Cherry Street where police stopped the vehicle.

Kizer said Womack told police he had disposed of the purse but kept the contents and police recovered the purse in a garbage can near the scene where the purse was allegedly taken.

At Kizer’s request, Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $10,000 cash-only bond for Womack after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with breaking or entering and misdemeanor theft of property because the report did not indicate the value of the items taken from the purse.

Kizer asked for the cash-only bond because he said Womack is on parole, and has been convicted of multiple prior felony offenses.

Womack said he would hire his own attorney and was told to come back to court May 15.