Woman arrested for allegedly assisting Kimmons get out of town


As Pine Bluff police continue their investigation into the May 27 shooting death of Carol Baker, they have arrested a woman who is accused of transporting one of the suspects out of the city after the shooting.

Danyelle Brown, 22, “assisted (Samuel Kimmons) to get to Texas from Pine Bluff,” Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said during a court hearing Friday for Brown.

Detective Jacqueline Stevenson identified Brown as “a former girlfriend of Kimmons” in a probable cause affidavit that was presented during the court hearing. Stevenson said Brown, who was arrested on Thursday, “provided transportation for Kimmons.”

Kimmons, 26, was arrested in Irving, Texas, in the early morning hours of July 4 and, after being held at the Tarrant County Jail until Wednesday, was brought back to Pine Bluff by a Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputy.

He and three other men — Kendal Porter, 23, Fitzpatrick Kemp, 34, and Michael Rentals, 19 — are all accused of capital murder in the death of Baker, who was shot on the parking lot of the Lakeview Apartments at 509 W. Barraque St. and pronounced dead at the scene.

All four are being held without bond pending the filing of formal charges.

Brown, who Kizer said “doesn’t like to come to court,” referring to her missing previous court dates regarding misdemeanor offenses, is being held on a $10,000 bond on a charge of hindering apprehension for assisting Kimmons.

Brown said she would hire her own attorney.

A second woman, Latasha Howard, 20, also of Pine Bluff, was arrested during the early stages of the investigation on a similar charge and also was given a $10,000 bond.

Howard was identified in a probable cause affidavit by Stevenson as the girlfriend of Kemp, and according to that affidavit, Howard lied and tried to give Kemp an alibi after her car was identified as one seen at the apartment complex at the time of the shooting.

Howard also said she would hire her own attorney.