Bond set for man accused of holding woman hostage

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By Ray King

A $15,000 bond was set Wednesday for a Pine Bluff man accused of refusing to let a female out of his car and choking her.

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Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set the bond after ruling prosecutors have probable cause to charge Terrance Pickett, 25, with false imprisonment and possession of a controlled substance.

Reading from an affidavit from Tri-Count Drug Task Force Investigator Morgan Carter, Deputy Prosecutor Beth Carson said Sheriff’s Sgt. David Williams was patrolling Highways 54 and 133 at 2:45 a.m. when a white Cadillac passed him, and he noticed the passenger door open and a female yelling for help.

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Another deputy arrived with two females, including the victim and Carson told the court what she said.

The second female, who was a witness told basically the same story. She said Pickett stopped the vehicle and let her out and she started walking until she saws the blue lights.

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Carter also reported that Pickett gave a statement.

In addition to the felony allegations, Pickett was cited for misdemeanor fleeing, fictitious tags, a suspended driver’s license, no proof of insurance, and failure to appear from a previous incident.

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Pickett said he was self-employed and Judge Bridgforth told him he did not qualify for the Public Defender’s Office because his income was too high.