Pine Bluff Police Department

  • Agency: Pine Bluff Police Department
  • Address: 200 East 8th Avenue, Pine Bluff, 71601 AR
  • Chief: Brenda Davis-Jones (Chief of Police)
Phone: 870-543-5100
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Pine Bluff Police Department is located at 200 East 8th Avenue, Pine Bluff, 71601 AR. The Chief of Police of the department is Brenda Davis-Jones. The Pine Bluff Police Department phone number is 870-543-5100.

Pine Bluff Police Department News

Press Release Aggravated Robbery 02-19-2018 The Pine Bluff Police Department is asking for help in identifying the suspect in these photos, who is wanted in connection with an aggravated robbery. On 2-18-2018 around 11:43 a.m, officers were dispatched to a robbery at 100 N. Walnut (Fast Mart Gas Station). An older black male with a gray beard, entered the gas station wearing sunglasses, a dark skull cap with a light colored stripe, gray hoodie, and gray pants. The male entered the business and demanded all the money from the register. The male then put his hand in his pocket as if he had a gun. The male then left the gas station in a dark colored four door passenger vehicle, possibly a Nissan, with tinted windows, factory chrome rims, and faded paint on the roof and hood of the vehicle. This male may be the same suspect in the aggravated robbery that occurred on 2-13-2018 at 1802 E. Harding (Big Red Gas Station). Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Detective Division at 870-730-2090 or Dispatch at 870-541-5300. Information can also be shared via Facebook or Text-a-Tip at the contact information listed below. Facebook- pinebluff.pbpd@facebook.com Text-a-Tip-274637 Keyword: PBPD DeAunuana Martin Public Information Officer

PRESS RELEASE Aggravated Robbery 02-14-2018 The Pine Bluff Police Department is asking for help in identifying the suspect in these photos, who is wanted in connection with an aggravated robbery. On 2-13-2018 around 1:20 p.m, officers were dispatched to a robbery at 1802 E. Harding (Big Red Gas Station). An older black male with a gray beard, entered the gas station wearing sunglasses, a camouflage skull cap, black hoodie with green lining, dark pants and white low top sneakers. The male purchased a beer and cigarettes, then demanded all the money from the register. The male put his hand in his pocket as if he had a gun and threatened to shoot the clerk if she didn’t empty the register. The male then left the gas station in a white four door passenger vehicle with tinted windows. Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Detective Division at 870-730-2090 or Dispatch at 870-541-5300. Information can also be shared via Facebook or Text-a-Tip at the contact information listed below. Facebook- pinebluff.pbpd@facebook.com Text-a-Tip-274637 Keyword: PBPD Officer DeAunuana Martin Public Information Officer

PRESS RELEASE Wal Mart Scammers 01/29/2018 The Pine Bluff Police Department is asking for help in identifying four suspects in these photos in connection to Theft of Property. On January 10, 2018, the males went to Wal-Mart in Pine Bluff, AR around 11:00 p.m. and started a purchases of four preloaded Visa debit cards. Two males went to one register, while the other two males went to another register, the males had the cashiers preload four cards with $500.00 totaling $2,000. The suspects then left the store with the four cards without paying. The males were seen entering the store together and leaving in the same vehicle, which is pictured. The males also went to Benton, AR and did the same thing. Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Detective Division at 870-730-2090 or Dispatch at 870-541-5300. Information can also be shared via Facebook or Text-a-Tip at the contact information listed below. Facebook- pinebluff.pbpd@facebook.com Text-a-Tip-274637 Keyword: PBPD Officer DeAunuana Martin Public Information Officer

PRESS RELEASE Homicide 01/30/2018 The Pine Bluff Police are investigating an early morning shooting that left one man dead. Officers responded to a shooting at a residence on South Richard Street at about 3:30 a.m. and found the victim in the passenger seat of a car. He was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead of an apparent gunshot wound. The victim has been identified as 22-year-old Deunta Blakemore of Pine Bluff. This is an ongoing investigation and any assistance from the public would be appreciated. This is Pine Bluff’s first homicide in the city in 2018, and the first since November 30th, 2017. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Detective Division at 870-730-2090 or dispatch at 870-541-5300. Information can also be shared via the links listed below. Facebook- pinebluff.pbpd@facebook.com Text-a-Tip-274637 Keyword: PBPD Officer Richard Wegner Public Information Officer

PRESS RELEASE Arrest in August 2017 Homicide 01/23/2018 Alexis Reed was taken into custody earlier today in Louisville, Kentucky. She was arrested on an outstanding warrant for Murder stemming from the shooting death of Jerry Pryor on August 9th, 2017. The incident occurred at about 1:45 p.m. outside the Merrill Community Center located at 1002 S Ash St. Reed was identified by multiple witnesses as the person responsible for the killing. The shooting was preceded by an argument between Reed and Pryor, but the nature of the argument was unknown. Reed is being held in jail in Kentucky pending an extradition to Arkansas. No details regarding the circumstances of her arrest are available at this time. The police department would like to thank everyone who contacted us with information regarding Reed during this investigation.

PRESS RELEASE Commercial Burglary 01/18/2018 The Pine Bluff Police Department is asking for help in identifying the suspect in these photos, who is wanted in connection with a commercial burglary. On 01-01-2018 around 2258 hours, officers found the front door to 601 N. Hutchinson (HR Food Mart) smashed in. The suspect and another male entered the business and stole several cases of beer and other items. The suspects fled the scene in what appeared to be an early 2000s gray Dodge Dakota. The Dodge Dakota was also possibly used in an attempted commercial burglary at 2811 S. Hazel (Hazel’s Bottle Shop Liquor) on 12-31-2017. The vehicle should have damage to the rear with busted tail lights. Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Detective Division at 870-730-2090 or Dispatch at 870-541-5300. Information can also be shared via Facebook or Text-a-Tip at the contact information listed below. Facebook- pinebluff.pbpd@facebook.com Text-a-Tip-274637 Keyword: PBPD Officer DeAunuana Martin Public Information Officer

PRESS RELEASE Commercial Burglary 01/09/2018 The Pine Bluff Police Department is asking for help in identifying the suspect in this photo who is wanted in connection with a commercial burglary. On 12-15-2017 around 210 pm, Officers were dispatched to 900 S. Grant (Mr. Carmel Missionary Baptist Church) in reference to an alarm. The suspect in the photo took a flat screen television from the church. Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Detective Division at 870-730-2090 or Dispatch at 870-541-5300. Information can also be shared via Facebook or Text-a-Tip at the contact information listed below. Facebook- pinebluff.pbpd@facebook.com Text-a-Tip-274637 Keyword: PBPD Officer DeAunuana Martin Public Information Officer

01/05/2018 Retirements and Promotions The Pine Bluff Police Department would like to thank retiring Sergeant Bill Lambert for over 22 years of service with the department. Sgt. Lambert has served in Patrol, Traffic, and the Evidence sections during his tenure with the department and is also a retired United States Marine. Please join us in thanking him for his service to both the country and to the people of Pine Bluff. We wish him the best in his retirement, may he enjoy it. Sergeant Lambert’s vacant sergeant position was filled through promotion on 01/05/2018. Detective Marcia Oliver was promoted to Sergeant in a ceremony conducted before family and friends in the lobby of the police department. Sergeant Oliver is a retired United States Army Veteran who has over 17 years of service to the Pine Bluff Police Department. She has served in the Patrol and Detective Divisions and will continue her service as a shift sergeant on the graveyard shift in the patrol division. Officer Richard Wegner Public Information Officer

The Pine Bluff Police Department is offering a $500 scholarship! Applicants must major in Criminal Justice, be a student in college at UAPB, complete the application, submit an unofficial transcript, and submit two sealed references. One applicant will be selected for the award. Applications must me postmarked or turned in no later than January 26, 2018 to: Pine Bluff Police Department 200 East 8th Ave. Pine Bluff, AR 71601 or Applications may be given to Mrs. Campbell or Mrs. Burns at the UAPB Alumni House at 27 Watson Blvd. If you have any questions feel free to contact Deputy Chief Shirley Warrior at (870)730-2073.

PRESS RELEASE Aggravated Robbery Suspect Caught 01/05/2018 On 01/01/2018, this office released information for help in finding the suspect involved in an aggravated robbery at the Family Dollar (1607 E. Harding). Thanks to tips from the public, 19 year old David Johnson was taken into custody on 01/04/2018 by the Violent Crime Task Force officers. Mr. Johnson was booked into the jail for Aggravated Robbery and Theft of Property. Again thanks to the public for all your calls and texts. Facebook- pinebluff.pbpd@facebook.com Text-a-Tip-274637 Keyword: PBPD Officer DeAunuana Martin Public Information Officer

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT SCAMMERS 01/01/2018 It has been brought to the attention of the Pine Bluff Police Department that there have been several scammers within the last few weeks. People of different age groups have received phone calls stating someone in their family has been involved in an accident and has had to be taken to the hospital. The scammers calling are saying the relatives need money for the hospital visit. They are also saying relatives are in jail and need money to get out. The scammers are also using a scam claiming to be a representative of the IRS or posing as officers to try to collect money. They are asking for large sums of money, by way of Wal Mart. The scammers are asking people to purchase Wal Mart cards and to give them the pin numbers to the cards. Contact with Wal Mart has been made about the scam. The Pine Bluff Police Department and Wal Mart representatives are working with each other to get this situation handled. Wal Mart has instructed their employees to ask questions when it comes to large amounts of money either being wired or purchased for the Wal Mart cards. Also it is asked of the public, if you receive any calls of that nature to ask questions and check into the situation more. Contact can be made with the Pine Bluff Police Department if any assistance is needed. Just a few tips to remember: 1. The IRS will not contact you via telephone. 2. The IRS will not accept Wal Mart gift cards as collection for debt. 3. Police Officers will not contact you to collect on any debt. Facebook- pinebluff.pbpd@facebook.com Text-a-Tip-274637 Keyword: PBPD Officer DeAunuana Martin Public Information Officer

PRESS RELEASE Aggravated Robbery 01/01/2018 The Pine Bluff Police Department is asking for help in identifying the suspect in these photos who is wanted in connection with an aggravated robbery. On 12-30-2017 around 830pm, the suspect started a small purchase then robbed the store of an undetermined amount of money. The suspect fled the store on foot and left going East on Harding Street. Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Detective Division at 870-730-2090 or Dispatch at 870-541-5300. Information can also be shared via Facebook or Text-a-Tip at the contact information listed below. Facebook- pinebluff.pbpd@facebook.com Text-a-Tip-274637 Keyword: PBPD Officer DeAunuana Martin Public Information Officer

UPDATED PRESS RELEASE Early Evening Pedestrian Collision Leaves One Dead 12/20/2017 Additional information has been developed in reference to the fatal pedestrian collision that occurred on 12/19/2017. Detectives have released a photo of the car believed to be the white passenger car involved. The vehicle pictured is believed to be one of the two cars that left the scene. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Detective Division at 870-730-2090 or dispatch 870-541-5300. Facebook- pinebluff.pbpd@facebook.com Text-a-Tip-274637 Keyword: PBPD Officer Richard Wegner Public Information Officer

PRESS RELEASE Early Evening Pedestrian Collision Leaves One Dead 12/19/2017 At about 5:20 p.m. officers of the Pine Bluff Police Department responded to the area of 23rd Avenue and Olive Street in reference to a pedestrian being struck be a vehicle. Officers found 58-year-old Frederick Rice in the north bound lanes of traffic. He was transported to the emergency room of JRMC where he was later pronounced dead. Witnesses reported that Mr. Rice was struck by three vehicles during the incident. The first two left the scene but the third stopped and is cooperating with the investigation. No charges are expected against the third driver. At the time of the collision it was dark and during a period of heavy rain. The initial investigation indicates that a white passenger car may have been one of the two who fled the scene. Anyone who has any information as to the location of either vehicle or driver is asked to contact the Detective Division at 870-730-2090 or Dispatch at 870-541-5300. Information can also be shared via Facebook and Text-a-Tip with the information listed below. Facebook- pinebluff.pbpd@facebook.com Text-a-Tip-274637 Keyword: PBPD Officer Richard Wegner Public Information Officer

PRESS RELEASE SWAT Team Safely Ends Standoff 12/09/2017 On 12/09/2017 at about 4:00 a.m. officers of the Pine Bluff Police Department responded to the area of 18th and Cypress Drive in reference to a suspicious subject with a gun. One of our officers made contact with the suspect and was approached. The suspect fired multiple shots at the officer who was not harmed but his police car was struck twice. The suspect fled the area on foot and was spotted about one block west by another officer. The suspect, later identified as 49-year-old Robert Jones became physically aggressive toward that officer but no shots were fired. He then broke contact with the officer and ran into the unoccupied side of a duplex at 1721 W Circle Drive. Officers surrounded the home and evacuated the residents from the occupied side. A police negotiator was called to the scene to try and talk him into surrendering. Police attempts at communication were met by expletives being yelled by the Mr. Jones. The police department’s SWAT team was activated and responded to the scene. Surrounding homes were then evacuated for safety, as the SWAT team was preparing. SWAT deployed tear gas into the home through several windows. While doing this Mr. Jones broke out a window and fired at least one shot. Shortly after the gas was deployed and had time to take effect Mr. Jones exited the house and surrendered without further incident. Following the incident a gun was recovered. Mr. Jones has been booked into the Jefferson County Jail for Aggravated Assault. The investigation into Mr. Jones’ motives is continuing and as information is developed charges may be amended to reflect those changes. Despite the dangerous and serious nature of this incident no public, police, or suspects received any injuries. The only shots fired were those fired by the suspect. Following the conclusion of this incident all families were able to return to their homes after being displaced for about an hour and a half. This included the family in the other half of the duplex Mr. Jones used. I do not have a current photo of Mr. Jones at this time. The Jefferson County Jail Log should have one soon. Facebook- pinebluff.pbpd@facebook.com Text-a-Tip-274637 Keyword: PBPD Officer Richard Wegner Public Information Officer

PRESS RELEASE Burglary Suspect Sought 12/08/2017 The Pine Bluff Police Department is asking the public for help in identifying a man who burglarized a local business. On September 11, 2017 shortly before 10:00 p.m. the Dollar General located at 4109 Hwy 65 South was broken into and several pieces of merchandise were stolen. The suspect was seen breaking the glass out of a window to make entry. Prior to breaking in the suspect was seen looking in through the front door and his face was seen by the security camera. The included photo is of that subject. The person responsible would have possibly had an unexplained cut back in September. We are asking anyone with information as to who this subject is to contact the Detective Division at 870-730-2090 or dispatch at 870-541-5300. Information can also be shared via Facebook and Text-a-Tip using the information below. Facebook- pinebluff.pbpd@facebook.com Text-a-Tip-274637 Keyword: PBPD Officer Richard Wegner Public Information Officer

The City of Pine Bluff Christmas Parade will be today at 4:00 P.M. The parade will also honor the Pine Bluff High School Football Team for making it to the finals. The parade will be down Main Street starting from the intersection of Martin and Main and ending at the Courthouse. Bring the family. We are hoping for a good turn out.

Thank you to everyone who called and assisted in locating Ashlee Maxey she has been located safe.

PRESS RELEASE Missing Man 11/30/2017 The Pine Bluff Police Department is asking the public for help in locating a missing Pine Bluff man. 57-year-old Curtis Urquhart was last seen in the 1400 Block of West 5th Ave in Pine Bluff on 11/27/2017. He was last seen at about 12:30 p.m. on that date. Family reports that his medication, clothing, and personal items are still at his home. The photo of Mr. Urquhart where he is holding a clipboard is of him wearing the same clothes he was last seen in. Anyone with information that can lead to Mr. Urquhart is asked to contact the Pine Bluff Police Detective Division at 870-730-2090 or dispatch at 870-541-5300. Information can also be shared via Facebook and Text-a-Tip listed below. Facebook- pinebluff.pbpd@facebook.com Text-a-Tip-274637 Keyword: PBPD Officer Richard Wegner Public Information Officer

PRESS RELEASE 11/21/2017 Homicide On 11/20/2017 shortly before midnight officers responded to the apartments at 1020 S Linden in reference to a shooting. Upon arriving they spoke with an individual that reported hearing a gunshot then finding 38 year old Craig Shavers suffering from a gunshot wound to the chest. Mr. Shavers was taken to JRMC where he underwent treatment but died of his wounds at about 8:50 a.m. this morning. This incident is being investigated by the Pine Bluff Police Detective Division as a homicide. Anyone with information regarding this is asked to contact the police at 870-730-2090 or dispatch at 870-541-5300. Information can also be shared via Facebook and Text-a-Tip with the information listed below. Facebook- pinebluff.pbpd@facebook.com Text-a-Tip-274637 Keyword: PBPD Officer Richard Wegner Public Information Officer

Kenneth Moore age 51 is wanted for a Commercial Burglary that occurred on 11/18/2017. Anyone with information as to Mr. Moore's location is asked to contact the Detective Division 870-730-2090 or dispatch at 870-541-5300.