Alleged battery ends in burglary arrest

A report of a possible battery in progress Wednesday afternoon led to the arrest of a man who allegedly broke into his former girlfriend’s house and beat her up.

During a court hearing Friday, Deputy Prosecutor Bryan Achorn said Tony McNealy, 43, told police he knocked on the alleged victim’s door and when she wouldn’t open it, McNealy used a credit card to force the door open because he wanted to talk to the alleged victim.

Detective Jerry Lambert said in a probable-cause affidavit that the incident occurred in the 1600 block of Lane Street and the alleged victim said McNealy choked her and she screamed for help.

Achorn said McNealy has six prior felony convictions and is on probation stemming from a conviction for domestic battery.

Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $35,000 bond for McNealy after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with residential burglary.

McNealy also was ordered to have no contact with the alleged victim until the case is settled.

The Public Defender’s Office was appointed to represent McNealy.