Police arrest two in alleged beating


Two people, including a pregnant woman, were allegedly beaten in January and police have arrested a man and a juvenile in connection with the incident.

Steven Harris, 18, and a 16-year-old boy were arrested Wednesday. The juvenile allegedly admitted that both he and Harris were involved, Detective Steven Rucker of the Pine Bluff Police Department said in a probable-cause affidavit presented in district court Friday. Because of his age, the juvenile was not identified.

Deputy Prosecutor Nicole Pugh said the alleged incident occurred Jan. 1 in the 6300 block of Jones Street when the alleged victims pulled into their driveway and were confronted by two people, later identified as Harris and the juvenile.

The male victim got out of the vehicle and was allegedly punched in the face, knocked to the ground, kicked and stomped. He suffered a broken nose and ribs, Rucker said in the affidavit.

Pugh said the female remained in the vehicle and called 9-1-1. She was on the phone when she was pulled from the vehicle, causing her to hit her head on the door of the vehicle. The female allegedly told her attackers she was pregnant but one of them allegedly told her “didn’t care” ands choked and punched her.

Rucker said that when Harris was interviewed, he denied being involved in the incident.

Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $10,000 bond for Harris after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with two counts of second-degree battery.

Kearney also ordered Harris to have no contact with the alleged victims until the case is settled.

Harris said he would hire his own attorney.