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A $5,000 cash-only bond was set Monday for a man currently on parole after police found a handgun in his possession.
Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set the bond after ruling prosecutors have probable cause to charge Anthony McFadden, 27, with being a felon in possession of a firearm.
According to a probable cause affidavit from Pine Bluff Vice and Narcotics Detective Richard McCorvy, McFadden was arrested Sunday night when McCorvy and Officer Kevin Collins were in the area of West 20th Avenue and Beech Street at 11:38 p.m.
McCorvy reported that they saw a vehicle blocking the roadway next to other vehicles, and he had to go around to the opposite traffic lane in order to pass it. After circling the block, McCorvy went back and found that the vehicle was still there, so he activated the lights on his vehicle and conducted a traffic stop.
Officers reported a strong odor of burnt marijuana coming from inside the vehicle, which was occupied by four people, and when Collins patted down McFadden, he found a .22-caliber handgun in McFadden’s right pocket. After a brief struggle, McFadden was handcuffed. During a search of the vehicle, a small amount of suspected marijuana was found in the floorboard.
While still handcuffed, McFadden ran, but McCorvy reported that the officers caught him a short distance away.
Records at the prosecutor’s office showed that McFadden had prior convictions dating back to 2007, including criminal attempt aggravated robbery, residential burglary, theft of property, aggravated robbery, theft of property a debit card, credit card or account number.
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