Domestic battery allegation upgraded to felony because of prior conviction

Pine Bluff police responding to a reported disturbance Monday afternoon in the area of West 34th Avenue and Hickory Street arrested a man on a felony allegation of domestic violence.

Marcus Andrews, 42, had a prior conviction for misdemeanor domestic battery when he was taken into custody, Deputy Prosecutor Jill Reed said during a court hearing Tuesday for Andrews.

According to a probable cause affidavit from Detective Scott Norton, the alleged victim, a female relative, told police Andrews had “grabbed her by the face area and she struck him with a toy plastic gun,” resulting in Andrews receiving a busted lip.

When Andrews was questioned, he allegedly told police “he believed [she] was disrespecting him by trying to leave and he grabbed her face area, resulting in a small cut.”

Reed said both Andrews and the woman, who was not identified in court, were arrested on misdemeanor domestic battery charges, but the allegation against Andrews was upgraded to a felony because of the prior conviction.

At Reed’s request, Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $2,500 bond for Andrews and ordered him to have no contact with the alleged victim until the case is settled.

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