Suspect accused of break-in, threats


A $100,000 bond was set Tuesday for a man who allegedly broke into a house in central Pine Bluff Saturday afternoon and threatened to kill the occupants.

Jefferson County Judge Kim Bridgforth set the bond after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge Brandon Hawkins, 32, with residential burglary and terroristic threatening.

Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said Hawkins tried to kick in the back door of a house in the 600 block of West 27th Avenue at 1:35 a.m., and when he was unsuccessful, kicked in a window air conditioner and entered the residence.

Detective Cassandra McAfee said in a probable-cause affidavit that Hawkins was the father of children who lived in the house, and Hawkins allegedly threatened to kill the children’s mother, then burn down the house with the children and their grandmother inside.

Kizer said Hawkins is a registered sex offender and has been to prison three times.

In addition to setting the bond, Bridgforth ordered Hawkins to have no contact with the alleged victims in the case, and told him to come back to court July 30.

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