Man on task force’s watch list arrested on domestic battery charge

A Pine Bluff man who was one of eight people on the latest violent offenders list and designated for special attention was arrested last week on felony domestic battery charges.

Christopher Kitchens, 31, allegedly punched his girlfriend in the face after accusing her of cheating on him, Detective Steve Rucker of the Pine Bluff Police Department said in a probable cause affidavit presented in court Monday.

Kitchens was one of four people who attended the second Violent Crime Task Force Notification meeting April 3 in the City Council chambers at city hall. Police and prosecutors warned them that if they were arrested for any reason, they would be subject to the highest bond possible.

According to the affidavit, which Prosecutor S. Kyle Hunter read from during the court hearing, Kitchen allegedly took a cell phone belonging to the woman before leaving the residence, and police reported seeing two small knots over the woman’s left eye.

Records at the prosecutor’s office indicated that Kitchens was convicted of domestic battery in 2010 and 2012, and also has prior convictions for false imprisonment, criminal mischief, theft of property and aggravated assault. He is on parole.

At Hunter’s request, Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $25,000 cash-only bond for Kitchens after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with second offense third-degree domestic battery, a Class D Felony.

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