White Hall police recover gun reportedly stolen in Pine Bluff

A White Hall police officer on patrol early Wednesday morning attempted to stop a car with a reportedly fraudulent license plate sticker had to chase the vehicle, then had the driver jump out and run after the vehicle was stopped on West Baldwin Road.

Police said that Ricky Jenkins, 28, who was reportedly driving the vehicle, was found hiding in the attic of a duplex on Baldwin Road, and a gun was found inside the vehicle Jenkins’ had reportedly been driving.

White Hall Officer John Zuber reported that Officer Robert Rogers was in the area of Interstate 530 and Highway 256 when he saw a dark-colored Chevrolet, and the last letter of the vehicle’s license plate appeared to have paint on it, making it difficult to read.

Rogers was able to determine the license plate number and a check indicated that it had expired in 2012, but had a 2013 sticker on it.

Zuber reported that when Rogers tried to stop the vehicle by activating his blue lights and siren, the driver refused to stop, then finally pulled over in front of the duplex on Baldwin Road. The driver, later identified as Jenkins, walked behind his car, then ran and Rogers reportedly lost sight of him.

After other White Hall officers and a Jefferson County sheriff’s deputy arrived to assist, Zuber reported that a female came out of the duplex and said the car belonged to her, and had been driven by Jenkins, who was her boyfriend.

Zuber reported that the woman gave officers consent to search the duplex and Jenkins was found hiding in the attic. He reportedly refused to come down for a short period of time before finally coming down and being placed under arrest.

A .40-caliber handgun was reportedly found in plain sight inside the vehicle, and Zuber reported that Jenkins admitted he was a convicted felon after being charged with terroristic threatening.

A check of the serial number on the gun indicated it had been reported stolen in Pine Bluff.

Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $25,000 bond for Jenkins after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with theft by receiving and with being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Kearney appointed the Public Defender’s Office to represent Jenkins, and told him to come back to court Feb. 13.