One arrested in connection with car theft
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
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.