Man arrested after allegedly hitting woman with gun, threatening to kill her


A reported disturbance Sunday afternoon led to the arrest of a man who allegedly hit a woman in the head with a handgun and threatened to kill her.

Andrew Smith, 26, was taken into custody after police were sent to the area of 17th Avenue and Mulberry Street, Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said during a court hearing Monday for Smith.

Detective Temmothy Johnson said in a probable cause affidavit the alleged victim told police she was walking in the area of West 16th Avenue and Linden Street when a female walked up and started to fight her.

Kizer said Smith allegedly pulled out a handgun, pointed it at the victim and threatened to kill her, then hit the alleged victim with the gun.

Johnson said in the affidavit that a witness told police they had seen Smith strike the woman with a gun.

The female who allegedly started the fight with the victim was not identified during the court hearing and was not arrested, according to the intake log at the adult detention center.

At Kizer’s request, Jefferson County Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $50,000 bond for Smith, who Kizer said is a registered sex offender from Pulaski County, after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with terroristic threatening, second-degree battery and with being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Bridgforth also ordered Smith to have no contact with the alleged victim until the case is settled.

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