Woman arrested in alleged domestic battery


A Pine Bluff woman was arrested Saturday after she allegedly bit a man and hit him in the head with an ashtray.

Rita Pridgeon, 51, and the man, 79, allegedly were involved in an altercation at a house in the 5800 block of West Fourth Avenue, Detective Marcia Oliver said in a probable-cause affidavit presented in court Monday.

Deputy Prosecutor Nicole Pugh said the alleged victim told police Pridgeon became upset with him because he would not give her money, and began to bite him.

According to the affidavit, the alleged victim was bleeding from the back of the head, and had bite marks on his right arm, elbow and abdomen, as well as under the left eye and left ear.

Pridgeon also allegedly threatened to kill the man and a second female, Pugh said.

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

Pridgeon 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 Pridgeon.