A car parked outside the Pine Bluff National Bank branch at 7907 Dollarway Road was struck by a van while the owner was inside the bank, according to a report filed by Patrolman Robert Rogers.
Zachary Lay of 344 Regal Oaks Circle, White Hall, was quoted as saying a passenger who had remained in the parked 2013 Ford Focus advised him the car had been struck by a van that left the parking lot.
The passenger recorded the license plate number of the van and Rogers followed up the next day, contacting Larry Brakebill of 101 Little Lane, White Hall, owner of a 2003 Honda Odyssey van.
The officer quoted Brakebill as saying he observed the Lay vehicle behind him as he backed up, but did not realize the van had struck the Ford.
Detective John Zuber investigated a report by Tommy Evans, a city employee, of a rifle found on the ground adjacent to woods on Harrod Road while Evans was checking the water level in culverts.
Zuber said the weapon, a Ruger air rifle, had rust on the barrel. A records check did not turn up a report of the air rifle having been lost or stolen.
Zuber also received a report from James Robert Bell, 58 Winchester Court, White Hall, that someone had attempted to enter his garage, but nothing was missing or disturbed.
Bell said the screen had been removed from a garage window and the window had been prized open 8- to 10-inches.
Patrolman Robert Rogers said he was on patrol shortly after 2:30 a.m. when he attempted to stop a car on Arkansas 256 for investigation of a fraudulent license, but the driver refused to stop and turned onto Dollarway Road, finally stopping at a duplex at 1006 W. Baldwin Road.
The driver, later identified as Ricky Darnell Jenkins, 28, jumped from the vehicle and fled on foot, Rogers said.
Jenkins, who listed his address as 1006 W. Baldwin Road, White Hall, was found hiding in the attic of the duplex and a loaded .40-caliber handgun reported stolen in Pine Bluff was found inside the 2001 Chevrolet Cavalier Jenkins was driving during the chase, Rogers wrote in his report.
Detective John Zuber said Jenkins admitted he was a convicted felon and had served time in the Arkansas Department of Correction for terroristic threatening.
Jefferson County 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 being a felon in possession of a firearm.