Report of prowler leads to arrest

A report of a prowler early Thursday morning in central Pine Bluff resulted in the arrest of a man who allegedly broke into a parked vehicle.

Muhammad Abdullah, 62, was too intoxicated to be interviewed when he was arrested, Detective Steven Rucker said in a probable-cause affidavit that was presented in court Friday,

The call about a prowler came from the 1600 block of South Laurel Street at 3:45 a.m. When police arrived, they were met by a man and woman who said they had seen a man later identified as Abdullah exit their back yard, and heard what they believed was the sound of a car that was being broken into.

Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said that when police checked next door, they found the door of a vehicle open and items scattered on the ground. A red jacket that appeared to match the pants Abdullah was wearing was found next to the vehicle.

Rucker said in the affidavit that a medicine bottle with Abdullah’s name on it and a wallet with an identification card for Clifton Westmoreland, an alias for Abdullah, were found in the jacket.

Kizer said Abdullah does not have any prior felony convictions, but had two active failure to appear warrants from district court.

Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $10,000 bond for Abdullah on Friday after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with breaking or entering.

The judge declined to appoint an attorney to represent Abdullah, and told him to come back to court Sept. 26.

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