UAPB student accused of throwing girlfriend down on sidewalk


A University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff student was arrested Tuesday afternoon after he allegedly threw his girlfriend down on a sidewalk, causing her to hit her head.

Sean West, 20, who lives in Hunt Hall on campus, was taken into custody after the incident, which occurred at about 5:50 p.m.

According to a probable cause affidavit from UAPB Police Investigator Cleotis Johnson, West and the woman, who is also a student and also lives on campus, met at the front desk at Hunt Hall, then went to the door, where a physical altercation occurred.

Deputy Prosecutor Nicole Pugh said witnesses to the incident told police they saw West throw the woman down on the sidewalk where she struck her head. The victim was taken to Jefferson Regional Medical Center and has since been transferred to a Little Rock hospital for treatment.

Johnson said in the affidavit West initially said the incident was an accident but “changed his story” after being told there was video tape of the incident recorded by the campus system.

Pugh said West — who, according to the arrest report, is from Hampton, Va. — had no prior convictions or pending charges.

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

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

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