Threatening text messages lead to arrest


Text messages of a threatening nature sent to a Pine Bluff woman resulted in the arrest of the man who allegedly sent the messages.

Brian Freeman, 30, reportedly told the woman, who is the mother of his child, that something would happen to her and he would go to jail, Police Detective Jeremy Funderburg said in a probable cause affidavit.

Funderburg reported that the woman contacted detectives Tuesday to report the threats and gave police Freeman’s cell phone number.

When Freeman was located and taken to the detective office for questioning, he was asked about his phone number, and told police the number the woman had given them was his number.

He also reportedly admitted that he knew the woman had a valid protection order against him.

Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $25,000 cash only bond for Freeman after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with first-degree terroristic threatening, stalking, and violating an order of protection.

Bridgforth also ordered Freeman to have no contact with the alleged victim and told him to come back to court Dec. 26.

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