A $500,000 bond was set Thursday for a Pine Bluff man who allegedly held a woman against her will on two occasions and had sex with her without her consent.
Circuit Judge Berlin C. Jones set the bond after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge Deonte Lamar Reynolds. 20, with two counts of kidnapping, one count of rape and two counts of second- and third-offense third-degree domestic battery, all felonies.
The judge also ordered Reynolds to have no contact with the alleged victim, her mother or sister until the case is settled.
Testifying at the probable cause hearing, Detective Jerry Lambert of the Pine Bluff Police Department said the first incident involving Reynolds and the alleged victim occurred April 14 when the woman went to Reynolds’ residence.
According to Lambert’s testimony, Reynolds tool the woman’s keys and told her “she was not going anywhere,” then grabbed her, threw her down on a bed and punched and hit her before taking off her clothes and having sex with her. The alleged victim told police she tried to fight Reynolds and at one point ran toward the bathroom but Reynolds allegedly grabbed her by the hair, pulled her back to the bed and choked her before touching her improperly.
Lambert said after the alleged rape, the woman tried to leave but Reynolds made her stay about two hours before allowing her to leave the house.
The alleged victim also told police that she asked Reynolds why he had done what he did and he allegedly told her “he wanted her and wanted to be with her.”
Lambert said the second incident occurred Easter Sunday when police were sent to a residence in the 3000 block of Ash Street in response to a reported altercation and found the woman crying and screaming. Lambert said police saw a man later identified As Reynolds run out the back door.
The alleged victim told police she saw Reynolds at a church on Olive Street and offered to give him a ride home.
Lambert said the woman told police when they reached Reynolds’ residence, he grabbed the keys to her vehicle and her cell phone, and when she told him she was going to a neighbor’s house to call police, he allegedly dragged her to the back of the residence , then inside where he allegedly punched and stomped her three times.
After the third incident, the alleged victim said she ran to the front of the residence, broke a window and began screaming and a neighbor called police.
Lambert said Reynolds was arrested Wednesday and he allegedly admitted having sex with the woman without her consent, admitted hitting her and holding her against her will and admitted he knew the woman was pregnant.
Questioned by Deputy Prosecutor Bryan Achorn, Lambert said the mother and sister of the alleged victim told police Reynolds had contacted them and threatened them.
According to court records, Reynolds had previously been convicted of one count of misdemeanor third-degree domestic battery in January.