Man accused of beating, biting pregnant woman

A Pine Bluff man was arrested Tuesday afternoon after he allegedly beat and bit a pregnant woman.

Derek Payne, 33, was arrested after the woman approached police while they were conducting a traffic stop at West 12th Avenue and Cherry Street, Detective Jacqueline Stevenson said in a probable cause affidavit presented in court Thursday.

The alleged victim said she had been battered by Payne while in his vehicle and said she was able to get out but was unable to get her daughter out before Payne drove away, according to the affidavit.

Stevenson said in the affidavit the woman’s shirt was ripped and she had what appeared to be a bite mark on her arm and scratches to her neck and chest.

When Payne was interviewed, he allegedly told police the woman tried to jump out of the vehicle while it was moving and said he grabbed her and closed the door to keep her from injuring herself. He said that her shirt got ripped when he grabbed the door.

Regarding the bite marks, he denied biting the woman Tuesday, and told police that had happened “four days ago.”

Payne also allegedly admitted knowing the woman was pregnant.

Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $25,000 bond for Payne on Thursday after ruling prosecutors have probable cause to charge him with second-degree domestic battery.

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

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