Man arrested after alleged domestic disturbance

A reported domestic disturbance early Friday morning resulted in the arrest of a man who allegedly held his pregnant girlfriend down in a bathtub and tried to drown her.

Aaron Hightower, 31, allegedly admitted falling into the tub while he and the woman were involved in a physical altercation, but denied the claim that he tried to drown her, Deputy Prosecutor Nicole Pugh said during a court hearing for Hightower on Monday.

According to a probable-cause affidavit from Detective Steve Rucker of the Pine Bluff Police Department, police were called to the 500 block of West Second Avenue at 2:41 a.m. Friday. The alleged victim, who said she was five months pregnant, told police that she and Hightower had gotten into a verbal altercation that became physical.

Pugh said the woman asked for an ambulance and was taken to Jefferson Regional Medical Center where she was treated and released. The alleged victim said that when she went home, Hightower attacked her again, hitting her in the face and busting her lip.

Rucker said in the affidavit that Hightower also allegedly threw the woman’s cell phone against the wall, and she told police she grabbed her daughter and ran to a nearby school where she called 9-1-1.

When Hightower was interviewed later, he told police the alleged victim attacked him.

Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $10,000 bond for HIghtower, who Pugh said had no prior convictions or pending charges, after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with second-degree domestic battery.

Hightower 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 Hightower.