A Pine Bluff man who allegedly stole a car at gunpoint Saturday was arrested after police chased the car from White Hall back into Pine Bluff — from South Blake Street to the area of 26th Avenue and Georgia, where the car wrecked after traveling into a ditch.
The driver of the car, identified as Marquez Vinson, 36, who is currently on parole, tried to flee on foot but was caught, Pine Bluff Detective Ryan Moheb said in a probable cause affidavit presented in district court Monday.
According to the affidavit, the owner of the car, a 1989 orange Cadillac, said he was at Pine Bluff’s Best Gas Station at 200 N. University Ave., where he went inside to purchase a few things. While he was in the store, a female who had been in the car came running in and said a man had gotten into the car, pointed a gun at her and told her to get out.
The owner of the car told police he ran outside to his car and saw a man, later identified as Vinson, in the driver’s seat.
When the owner tried to get in the car, Vinson fired two shots at him before driving away. White Hall Police located the car at Mazzio’s Pizza next to the Big Red on U.S. 270 and chased it back to Pine Bluff, where Pine Bluff Police took over the chase, which ran from the Martha Mitchell Expressway to Blake Street, then south on Blake Street to West 28th Avenue, then east until the car hit the ditch.
At several points during the chase, Vinson drove on the opposite side of the road, forcing motorists to take evasive action.
Two shell casings were found inside the car.
Moheb reported that store video from the gas station confirmed the accounts of the car owner and the female who was with him.
When Vinson was interviewed, he denied taking the car, having a gun and firing shots at the car’s owner.
On Monday, Pine Bluff District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $250,000 cash only bond for Vinson after ruling prosecutors have probable cause to charge him with aggravated robbery, felony fleeing, felon in possession of a firearm, theft of property and two counts of unlawful discharge of a firearm from a car.
The Arkansas Department of Community Corrections has also placed a parole hold on Vinson, who has had multiple prior felony convictions and has charges pending.