Reported armed disturbance leads to arrest Wednesday


A report of an armed disturbance at an apartment complex on the west side of Pine Bluff Wednesday afternoon resulted in the arrest of a man who allegedly had a sawed-off shotgun.

LaKeith Gordon, 34, will have to post a $50,000 bond to be released from the county detention center after Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney ruled Thursday prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with breaking or entering, criminal use of a prohibited weapon and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Records at the prosecutor’s office showed Gordon was placed on probation in June after pleading guilty to second-degree domestic battery.

Detective Jacqueline Stevenson reported that officers were sent to 3204 Old Warren Road at 3:45 p.m. Wednesday in response to a reported armed disturbance and while they were en route, an emergency dispatcher broadcast a clothing description for the suspect.

When officers arrived, the victim, who was not named in the probable cause affidavit, pointed to Gordon. The victim said he caught Gordon in a storage room at the apartments carrying what appeared to be a shotgun in a sheet and then saw Gordon go behind the apartments, Stevenson said.

Stevenson reported that police checked the area and found a sawed-off .12-gauge shotgun in a pillow case inside a trash container.

When Gordon was interviewed, he claimed that a relative lived across the street and he was looking for a deadbolt metal flap to fix a door at the cousin’s residence.

He claimed that he saw a door open and went inside, looking for the metal flap and said the victim pulled a gun on him so he went home, got a stick and put it in a pillow case to simulate having a gun, then threw the stick away before police arrived.

Kearney appointed the Public Defender’s Office to represent Gordon and told him to come back to court Jan. 23.