PB man arrested in January homicide


Pine Bluff police have arrested a suspect in the Jan. 3 shooting death of another man.

Markell Crater, 19, who has been in the adult detention center since last Thursday, was identified as the suspect in the shooting death of Roy Haltiwanger.

Haltiwanger, 20, was found on the ground between 314 and 316 E. 21st Ave., at about 3;30 p.m. Jan, 3, and taken to Jefferson Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead by a doctor in the Emergency Room at 4:12 p.m.

The cause of death was listed as multiple gunshot wounds.

No further details were immediately available on how Crater was identified as a suspect or a motive behind the slaying, which was the first of the year in Pine Bluff

Crater is expected to appear in court Tuesday morning — his third court appearance in less than a week. Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney on Friday ruled that prosecutors had probable cause to charge Crater with theft by receiving after police recovered a car that had been reported stolen in Texas at a house in the Dollarway area with Crater behind the wheel.

That car was tracked through the vehicle’s GPS system and when Crater was questioned, he told police he bought the car, a black Cadillac, for $200, according to a probable-cause affadavit. Kearney set a $25,000 cash-only bond on the theft by receiving allegation.

On Monday, Crater appeared for a probable cause hearing after he allegedly pointed a gun at two men who were walking in the area of West 25th Avenue and Oak Street on Jan. 28, Detective Jeremy Oswalt said in a probable-cause affidavit.

The alleged victims said they saw another individual on the porch of a house and started arguing with that person when Crater came out of the house, pointed a pistol at them, then chased them down the street, according to Oswalt.

Oswalt reported that the men said the ran, then hid until Crater went back in the house and they called 9-1-1.

When Crater was interviewed, he denied any involvement, telling police he “was in Texas” at the time of the incident.

Jefferson County district Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $100,000 cash-only bond for Crater on Monday after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with two counts of aggravated assault.

Bridgforth also ordered Crater to have no contact with the alleged victims until the case is settled.

Crater, who is currently on probation, is also being held for Texas authorities with no bond possible.