Report of shots at house leads to arrest


A report of shots fired Friday night at a house on the north side of Pine Bluff resulted in the arrest of a man who allegedly threatened several people with a gun and then fired shots, including one that hit a vehicle.

Odell Lankford, 24, allegedly became angry after he failed to collect money he said he was owed, Deputy Prosecutor Cymber Gieringer said during a court hearing for Lankford Monday.

Detective James Huff said in a probable-cause affidavit the incident occurred at 1116 N. Palm St., and witnesses told police they heard Lankford and one of the people at the house arguing.

Lankford allegedly went to his vehicle, got a gun, and started shooting, Gieringer said, and one of the people at the house told police Lankford started to fight a resident before firing the shots.

Huff said in the affidavit that a small child was in one of the vehicles when Lankford allegedly fired the shots before leaving. He was arrested Saturday.

Gieringer said Lankford was out on bond and has pending charges of possession of a controlled substance with purpose to deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia from 2009 and aggravated assault and terroristic threatening from 2010.

Because of the pending charges, Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $50,000 cash-only bond for Lankford after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with five counts of aggravated assault, one each for every person at the house, and one count of committing a terroristic act.

Kearney also ordered Lankford, who had to be escorted out of the courtroom and struggled with a bailiff after complaining about the bond, to have no contact with the alleged victims until the case is settled.

Lankford was told to come back to court July 29.