Man on parole accused of beating girlfriend

A Pine Bluff man who is currently on parole was arrested Monday after he allegedly beat his girlfriend last week.

Ardie Johnson, 24, who is also listed as a parole absconder, allegedly used an audio-video cord from a DVD player and a board to hit the woman, Deputy Prosecutor Nicole Pugh said during a court hearing Tuesday for Johnson.

According to a probable cause affidavit from Detective Cassandra Briggs-McAfee, police were sent at 5:15 p.m. May 6 to Jefferson Regional Medical Center, where the alleged victim was being treated.

Pugh said the alleged victim told police Johnson became angry when she twisted his hair and “beat her from face to leg” with the cord, then picked up a two-by-four that had been used to secure a door and hit her in the head and leg.

Briggs-McAfee said in the affidavit the alleged victim received lacerations, bumps and contusions as a result of the incident, and when Johnson was arrested, he declined to make a statement.

Pugh said Johnson is on parole on charges of commercial burglary and a hold has been placed on him by the Arkansas Department of Community Corrections.

Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $10,000 cash-only bond for Johnson after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with second-degree domestic battery.

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

He said he would hire his own attorney.