Two Pine Bluff men who are accused of robbing five students from the University of Arkansas last Sunday were back in court Wednesday accused or robbing a woman as she was leaving church last Saturday.
Jerome Cole, 27, and Tevin Cole, 22, allegedly pointed a gun at the woman outside Mt. Pleasant A.M.E. Church at 1201 N. Magnolia St., at about 9;12 p.m. and demanded her purse, Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said during the court hearing.
Detective William Freeman said in a probable-cause affidavit that one of the men, later identified as Tevin Cole, pointed a gun at the alleged victim while Jerome Cole grabbed the woman’s purse when she didn’t immediately comply, knocking her down and dragging her across the ground.
During the incident, Kizer said Tevin Cole allegedly fired a shot before the two men ran from the area. They were identified after witnesses to the incident and the alleged victim picked them out of photo lineups.
On Tuesday, Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $100,000 cash-only bond for Jerome Cole, who is on parole, after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with five counts of aggravated robbery and five counts of theft of property. A $50,000 secured bond was set for Tevin Cole on the same allegations.
On Wednesday morning, Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a bond of $250,000 cash-only for both Jerome and Tevin Cole, and also ordered them to have no contact with the alleged victim until the case is settled.
Both men said they would hire their own attorneys.