Threats to police officers lead to arrest

Pine Bluff Police Vice and Narcotics officers serving a search warrant Saturday arrested a man who allegedly threatened to kill them.

During a court hearing Monday, Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said officers took the threats seriously because the man, Benedo Gonzales, 59, had a prior conviction for attempted murder in 1982.

Detective Richard McCorvy reported that the warrant was served at 1800 N. Lake St. at 12:51 p.m. and forced entry into the house when no one answered the door.

Gonzales and two other people were detained while the search was conducted and McCorvy reported that Gonzales made a number of threats to all the officers, not directing those threats to any one individual.

The probable cause affidavit reported that Gonzales also cursed at the officers, and said he wanted to meet them when they didn’t have badges and guns.

Another person in the house was arrested on drug charges, Kizer said.

Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $25,000 bond for Golzales after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with first-degree terroristic threatening.

Bridgforth appointed the Public Defender’s Office to represent Gonzales, and told him to come back to court Dec. 10.