Reported armed disturbance at convenience store leads to arrest


A Pine Bluff man was arrested early Wednesday morning after he allegedly pulled out a pocket knife and threatened a clerk at a convenience store.

Patrick Canada, 43, who Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said is on probation, was arrested after police were sent to the Speedway at 15th Avenue and Cherry Street.

Detective James Huff said in a probable-cause affidavit that the clerk told police Canada had been barred from the store, and when he was told to leave, an altercation ensued.

Kizer said police found a pocketknife in the backpack Canada was carrying.

Because Canada is on probation, Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $25,000 bond after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge Canada with aggravated assault.

Bridgforth also ordered Canada to have no contact with the alleged victim, appointed the Public Defender’s Office to represent him, and told him to come back to court May 29.