A Pine Bluff man identified as a suspect in a shooting in January was arrested Wednesday after police received information that he was at a barber shop on West 6th Avenue.
Darius Pugh, 22, who is currently on parole, was taken into custody at the Heads Up Barber Shop at 2:20 p.m. after Detective Jerry Lambert received a call about Pugh and another man, Darrell Bland, 23, who was also being sought.
According to a probable cause affidavit from Detective Jeremy Funderburg, Pugh was identified as a suspect in the shooting of Tyrone Robinson on Jan. 20 at 1715 S. Linden St.
Robinson told police he was sitting in the driver’s seat of a vehicle in front of the house when Pugh, who was sitting in the passenger’s seat, pulled a gun and shot him, then fled the scene with Bland.
A second probable cause affidavit from Vice and Narcotics Detective Jack Hendon said that when Pugh was arrested at the barber shop, he was transported to the adult detention center and the officer who transported him reported finding a plastic bag containing an off-white, rock-like substance that tested positive for cocaine base under the back seat of the police vehicle. The officer reported that she checks the back seat of the vehicle before and after transporting any prisoner.
Hendon reported that the weight of the cocaine was 3.1 grams.
Because he was on parole, Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $100,000 cash-only bond for Pugh after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with first-degree battery and with possession of a controlled substance.
Bridgforth also ordered Pugh to have no contact with Robinson until the case is settled and told him to come back to court March 22.
Pugh was sentenced to prison in 2011 on charges of first-degree battery, furnishing prohibited articles and two drug related charges from 2009 and 2010.
Bland, who was allegedly with Pugh at the time of the shooting, was arrested at the same time and is being held on probable cause of being a felon in possession of a firearm, theft by receiving, and possession of a controlled substance with purpose to deliver.