Report of stolen vehicle leads to wreck, arrest

The reported theft of a vehicle by a group of men Tuesday night led to the arrest of three people, two of them juveniles, who reportedly were seen fleeing from the vehicle after it wrecked.

Adrian Johnson, 18, was identified as the driver of the vehicle, Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said during a court appearance for Johnson on Wednesday morning.

Detective Jeremy Oswalt reported that police were sent to the area of 20th Avenue and Mulberry Street at 1:15 p.m. Tuesday where the owner of the car said he was picking up a friend and when he got out of his 2004 Hyundai Elantra, he was approached by several black males, one of them carrying a shotgun.

The victim said the gun was pointed at him and the man demanded his keys and wallet, and several of the men began to beat him and take the keys and wallet.

Oswalt reported that three of the suspects, including Johnson, got into the vehicle and drove away while the other suspects ran from the scene.

At 12:58 a.m. Wednesday, Officer Keith Wright reported seeing the stolen vehicle. When he attempted a traffic stop, the driver reportedly wrecked the vehicle and all three men fled on foot.

Kizer said Johnson and the two juveniles were all arrested in the area, and when Johnson was questioned, he reportedly told police he and five other individuals had taken the vehicle, but denied having a gun.

The two juveniles arrested with Johnson were taken to the juvenile detention center.

Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $100,000 bond for Johnson after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with aggravated robbery and theft of property.

The Public Defender’s Office was appointed to represent Johnson, and he was told to come back to court Nov. 28.