Robbery report false, police say


A Pine Bluff man who reported that he had been robbed at gunpoint Wednesday allegedly did not tell police the entire story, and has been accused of filing a false police report.

Donovan Steele, 28, initially told officers he did not know the person who took his car, cash and a debit card, but according to a probable cause affidavit presented in court Friday, Steele and Willie Baines had communicated with each other by text and phone.

Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said during the court hearing that Steele initially said that Baines had pointed a gun at him after getting into his vehicle and robbing him.

Baines told police Steele had gotten out of the vehicle at a business in the 2300 block of Olive Street and he drove away, and also admitted he did not have permission to take the car. Baines also denied having a gun and none was found when he was arrested.

Kizer said the incident was the apparent result of a drug transaction.

Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $5,000 bond for Steele, who Kizer said had no prior convictions or pending charges, after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with filing a false police report.

Steele said he would hire his own attorney.

A $25,000 bond was set for Baines on Thursday on probable cause of theft of property.