By Ray King
A $25,000 cash only bond was set Friday for a Pine Bluff man previously convicted of a felony after a handgun was found in the vehicle he was driving.
Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set the bond for Cameron Langel, 27, after ruling prosecutors have probable cause to charge him with theft by receiving and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Reading from a probable cause affidavit from White Hall Police Investigator Clayton Cantrell, Deputy Prosecutor Jill Reed said Langel was arrested after a White Hall officer was sent to a reported disturbance at a house on West Street Wednesday.
While the officer was on the way, dispatch reported that one of the people who had been involved in the disturbance had left and was driving a black Nissan. Reed said the officer saw a black Nissan that was driven by Langel and conducted a traffic stop.
Langel told the officer that he and his “baby momma” had gotten into an argument and he left when she called the sheriff’s office.
A records check showed that Langel is on parole and has a search warrant waiver on file. Langel had an empty gun holster and a loaded handgun was found in the center console. Langel told investigators the gun belonged to a friend and he was on the way to take it back.
A check of the gun’s serial number showed that it had been reported stolen in Little Rock.
Reed said in addition to Langel’s prior convictions for residential burglary and theft of property, he has pending charges of simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms and being a felon in possession of a firearm stemming from an arrest earlier this year.
The Public Defender’s Office was appointed to represent langel.