Reported robbery in progress results in arrest


A report of a robbery in progress at the Dollar General store on East Harding Avenue on Friday night resulted in the arrest of a man who was seen struggling with a store employee when a police officer arrived on the scene.

Curtis Jordan, 46, was chased by the officer after Jordan reportedly took six bottles of dishwashing liquid and three bottles of laundry soap, Detective Jeremy Oswalt said in a probable cause affidavit.

Oswalt reported that the officer was in the area of East Harding Avenue and Ohio Street at 9:59 p.m., when he heard a woman screaming, and a short time later, police dispatchers broadcast a robbery in progress at the Dollar General store at 1414 E. Harding Ave.

A store employee chased Jordan, who was trying to escape on a bicycle and Jordan reportedly resisted officers before they were able to take him into custody, according to the police report.

Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $10,000 bond for Jordan after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with robbery.

Kearney appointed the Public Defender’s Office to represent Jordan, and told him to come back to court Feb. 25.