An off-duty Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputy was allegedly “bumped” by a car twice when he tried to stop two people who had allegedly stolen clothing items from Dillard’s at The Pines mall Thursday night.
Deputy Courtney Kelly was in plain clothes when he saw a man later identified as Napolean Haire, 27, of Little Rock, run from the store carrying a large amount of clothing, Pine Bluff Police Detective Jeremy Oswalt said in a probable cause affidavit.
Oswalt said Haire dropped several items and didn’t stop to pick them up, then jumped into a 2004 Ford Mustang driven by Kierra Henderson, 20, also of Little Rock. A second man was also inside the vehicle, Oswalt reported.
Kelly pulled his private vehicle in front of the Mustang, then exited the vehicle with his gun drawn and identified himself, according to Oswalt’s affadavit.
Oswalt said Henderson “put the vehicle in drive and bumped Kelly,” and Kelly stepped back and ordered everyone out of the car.
According to the probable cause affidavit, Haire told Henderson “to go and started messing with the gear shift, then pushed Henderson’s foot on the accelerator,” hitting Kelly a second time.
After other officers and deputies responded to Kelly’s call for assistance, Haire, Henderson and the third person in the vehicle were all taken into custody. The third person was released without charges pending further investigation.
Oswalt reported that the value of the clothing was listed at $1,419.97 and all the items were returned to Dillard’s.
After a court hearing Friday, Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $25,000 bond for Haire after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with aggravated assault and theft of property.
A $10,000 bond was set for Henderson on probable cause of aggravated assault, and both Haire and Henderson were told to come back to court March 15.