PB man linked to Craigslist robberies arrested Wednesday

A Pine Bluff man was arrested Wednesday as police continued their investigation into a series of robberies that resulted from advertisements on Craigslist.

During a court hearing Friday, Deputy Prosecutor Cymber Gieringer said Deundra Neal, 25, was identified from a photo lineup that was shown to two victims of a March robbery.

Detective Jeremy Oswalt said in a probable-cause affidavit that the victims, a man and his son from Nashville, Tenn., had driven to Pine Bluff on March 24 to buy a car that had been advertised on Craigslist, and were instructed to go to the 600 block of North Hutchinson Street where they would meet the owner of the car and make the purchase.

Gieringer said that when the two arrived, they got out of their vehicle and walked down the roadway before a black male pointed a gun at them and demanded money.

Oswalt said in the affidavit that the suspect took the victims’ wallet and ran.

During the course of the investigation, Neal was developed as a suspect, Oswalt said, and on April 9, a photo lineup was shown to both victims and they positively identified Neal as the person who had robbed them, Oswalt said.

Gieringer said Neal was arrested Wednesday at a house on North Richard Drive in the Dollarway area, which is in the same area where the robbery occurred.

Neal is the third person to be linked to the robberies. In early March, police arrested Britteny Smith and Cameron Arnold in connection with another robbery linked to Craigslist.

Gieringer said Neal is on parole after being convicted of one count of residential burglary, two counts of commercial burglary, one count of criminal mischief and three counts of theft of property.

At her request, Circuit Judge Berlin Jones set a $50,000 cash-only bond for Neal after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with two counts of aggravated robbery and one count of theft of property.

Neal said he would hire his own attorney.