PB man arrested in alleged robbery, shooting

A Pine Bluff man who was taken to Jefferson Regional Medical Center with a reported gunshot wound told police he had been robbed Wednesday, and police arrested one of the men allegedly involved.

Brandy Crutchfield, 24, denied any involvement in the incident when he was questioned by police, Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said during a court hearing Friday.

Detective William Freeman said in a probable cause affidavit that the alleged robbery occurred at about 8:30 p.m. when the victim was sitting in a vehicle on Circle Drive.

Kizer said police found suspected marijuana in the victim’s vehicle and suspected the shooting was the “result of a drug transaction.”

The vehicle, which had been driven to the hospital by a relative of the victim, also had bullet holes in it, Freeman said in the affidavit.

Kizer said that when Crutchfield was interviewed, he admitted that he was trying to buy marijuana from the victim, but said he ran when he heard gunshots.

Crutchfield has drug charges pending in Jefferson County Circuit Court, and numerous failures to appear in district court dating back to 2008, Kizer said.

Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $25,000 cash-only bond for Crutchfield after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with first-degree battery and aggravated robbery.

Crutchfield, who said he would hire his own attorney, was told to come back to court April 26.