One ar­rested in con­nec­tion with car theft

El Dorado News-Times - - Front Page - By Tia Lyons Staff Writer

A 30-year-old man ap­peared Fri­day in 35th Ju­di­cial Dis­trict Court for his al­leged role in a ve­hi­cle theft that re­sulted in a wreck and in­cluded a pos­si­ble tie to an un­con­firmed re­port of at­tempted kid­nap­ping, ac­cord­ing to El Do­rado po­lice re­ports.

Bond was set at $10,000 for Bobby L. Davis, of 820 W. Fourth St., who made his first ap­pear­ance in dis­trict court af­ter be­ing charged in con­nec­tion to the theft of a red Mit­subishi Out­lander from an El Do­rado res­i­dence.

Po­lice and court records show two ad­dresses for the res­i­dence from which the ve­hi­cle was re­ported stolen — one in the

600 block of North

West Av­enue and the other in the

600 block of West

Fourth Street, re­spec­tively.

A man told po­lice on Thurs­day that shortly af­ter he ar­rived home, an­other man, de­scribed as a white male with a slen­der build wear­ing a white T-shirt and black pants, drove away in his ve­hi­cle, iden­ti­fied as the Mit­subishi Out­lander.

The in­ci­dent was re­ported at 3:32 p.m. Thurs­day

Ap­prox­i­mately 20 min­utes ear­lier, a man had called po­lice and re­ported that some­one driv­ing a red, four­door Mit­subishi had at­tempted to kid­nap his child on North Madi­son Street.

The man did not pro­vide a spe­cific lo­ca­tion on North Madi­son Street, but de­scribed the sus­pect as a white male with a bald spot and a mus­tache. The man re­port­ing the at­tempt said he pulled a knife on the sus­pect to de­fend him­self and his child, and said the sus­pect left the area, trav­el­ing north to­ward 10th

Street.

Po­lice said the re­port was not con­firmed, not­ing that the man had been ad­vised to come to po­lice head­quar­ters, but he did not.

They also said they were un­able to de­ter­mine the phone num­ber from which the man called be­cause the man had used a pre­paid, or burner, cell­phone to call 911.

Shortly af­ter 5 p.m., El Do­rado of­fi­cers learned that Arkansas State Po­lice had re­sponded to a re­port of an ac­ci­dent in­volv­ing a stolen ve­hi­cle on North Wy­att Drive/Arkansas 335 be­tween U.S. 82 and Mount Holly Road.

Po­lice also learned that the driver of the ve­hi­cle — later iden­ti­fied as Davis — had been trans­ported to Med­i­cal Cen­ter of South Arkansas to be checked for any in­juries.

State po­lice said the ve­hi­cle had run off the road and struck a tree near the en­trance of Mys­tic Creek Golf Club.

While speak­ing with of­fi­cers at MCSA, Davis said he had taken the Mit­subishi from his grand­mother be­cause “he wanted to go for a joyride.”

He told po­lice that the keys were in­side the ve­hi­cle at the time, and he as­sumed his grand­mother was the owner.

Davis was then taken into cus­tody for theft by re­ceiv­ing, po­lice said. He was still be­ing held in the

Union County Jail in lieu of bond late Fri­day night.

Davis’s $10,000 bond was set in any form ac­cept­able to the Union County Sher­iff’s Of­fice. Dur­ing his first ap­pear­ance hear­ing, he was de­ter­mined in­di­gent and will be as­signed a pub­lic de­fender.

Davis also was or­dered to abide by a daily cur­few of 6 p.m. un­til 8 a.m. should he be re­leased from jail on bond.

He was or­dered not to have any con­tact with the vic­tim, and he was banned from the vic­tim’s res­i­dence.

Davis

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