Traffic stop by police leads to gun arrest

A traffic stop by police on a vehicle that allegedly ran a red light early Wednesday morning resulted in the arrest of a man on a felony weapons charge.

Desmond Hubbard, 21, is a convicted felon who is on probation for residential burglary and was in possession of a shotgun, Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said during a court hearing for Hubbard on Thursday.

Detective Michael Roberts said in a probable-cause affidavit that police stopped the vehicle at Sixth Avenue and University Drive at 3 a.m.. Roberts said when an officer approached the car, the barrel of the shotgun was visible in the back seat.

Kizer said the front grip of the shotgun was found in the glove compartment, and there were shotgun shells found in the floorboard and ash tray of the vehicle.

The police report said a crowbar, hatchet and bolt cutters were found in the trunk of the vehicle, Kizer said, adding that Hubbard is on probation for burglary and the items found could be used to enter a building.

When Hubbard was interviewed, he told police he didn’t know the gun was in the vehicle, Roberts said in the affidavit.

At Kizer’s request, Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $50,000 bond for Hubbard after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with being a felon in possession of a firearm.

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