PB man arrested in connection with alleged February assault


An investigation into a reported armed disturbance in February resulted in the arrest of a man who allegedly punched the victim in the head, then pulled out a gun and pointed it at the alleged victim.

Thomas Luckett, 45, was arrested Wednesday afternoon and refused to give police a statement, Deputy Prosecutor Bryan Achorn said during a court hearing Thursday.

Detective Michael Roberts said in a probable cause affidavit that the alleged victim contacted police Feb. 24 to report that he was at an address in the 1500 block of South Apple Street when Luckett pulled up in a vehicle, got out, then punched him in the head twice.

Luckett also allegedly pointed a gun at the victim, who was able to get away after another person intervened, and the victim went to 1415 S. Blake St., where he called police.

Achorn said police noticed a gash to the alleged victim’s head when they interviewed him.

Roberts said in the affidavit that the alleged victim and Luckett had reportedly been involved in a prior dispute at a nightclub, based on a statement Luckett allegedly made during the incident.

Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $25,000 bond for Luckett after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with aggravated assault.

Kearney also ordered Luckett to have no contact with the alleged victim until the case is settled, and told him to come back to court May 2.

Luckett said he would hire his own attorney.