Police arrest man in alleged arson

A possible burglary in progress call at a house in central Pine Bluff early Sunday morning turned out to be a fire and the arrest of a suspect who allegedly threw fireworks through two broken windows.

Brandon Corkins, 28, was arrested Tuesday after police allegedly found material at his residence that matched materials found outside the house where the fire occurred.

Testifying in district court Thursday, Detective Jerry Lambert said police were dispatched to a house in the 3200 block of South Elm Street at about 3 a.m., where the owner said she heard a noise in one of the bedrooms and when she opened the door, the room was filled with smoke.

Lambert testified that the walls and bedding were on fire, two bedroom windows had been broken and police found two bricks with fireworks taped to them.

An investigation led to Corkins, who lived a short distance away, and he was taken into custody.

During the court hearing, Deputy Prosecutor Rik Ramsey said Corkins has three counts of criminal mischief pending against him from a 2011 case and is scheduled for trial on those charges in September. He had been out on bond.

At Ramsey’s request, Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $25,000 cash-only bond for Corkins after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with arson, criminal mischief and aggravated assault.

Ramsey said damage to the house was estimated at more than $500.

In addition to setting the bond, Kearney ordered Corkins to have no contact with the alleged victim until the case is settled, and told to come back to court Sept. 18.

Corkins said he would hire his own attorney.