Man accused of forcing way into apartment


A Pine Bluff man was arrested Thursday after an investigation into allegations that he forced his way into an apartment on Feb. 1 and hit the mother of his child.

Justin Coleman, 32, will have to post a $10,000 bond to be released from the county detention center after Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney ruled Friday that prosecutors had probable cause to charge Coleman with aggravated residential burglary.

According to a probable-cause affidavit presented in court, the alleged victim told police Coleman pushed his way into the apartment when a child was attempting to close the door, then pushed her down, causing her to strike her head.

Deputy Prosecutor Nicole Pugh said another person who was in the apartment intervened and when Coleman walked out of the apartment, the witness said he saw Coleman with a gun in his waistband.

Pugh said Coleman had previously been convicted of aggravated assault and second-degree battery in 2008 and had been placed on probation. That probation has since ended.

In addition to setting the bond, Kearney ordered Coleman to have no contact with the alleged victim until the case is settled.

Coleman said he would hire his own attorney.