Reported armed disturbance leads to arrest

Police responding to a reported armed disturbance on the north side of Pine Bluff Saturday arrested a man after he was accused of pointing a gun at another man.

Earlis Pighee, 47, also allegedly chased the man around a yard with a hammer before getting the gun, Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said during a court hearing Monday for Pighee.

Detective Bill Wiegand reported that police were sent to 1501 S. Lee St. where the victim, Maurice Williams, and a witness, who was not identified, said they were involved in an altercation with Pighee while trying to help people move out of a house there.

Kizer said Pighee brandished a hammer at Williams and after the hammer was taken away from him, went to his vehicle, got a shotgun, and began loading it.

Wiegand reported that Pighee told police the gun had not been loaded and when officers checked, they confirmed that story.

Kizer said Pighee had no prior felony convictions or pending charges, but had been convicted of discharging a firearm in the city limits, a misdemeanor.

Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $25,000 bond for Pighee after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with aggravated assault.

Bridgforth ordered Pighee to have no contact with Williams until the case is settled and to come back to court Oct. 22.

The Public Defender’s Office was appointed to represent Pighee.