Alleged domestic dispute ends in arrest

A reported argument between a pregnant Pine Bluff woman and her boyfriend allegedly turned physical Saturday, and the man was arrested on a felony allegation.

Ray Johnson, 25, allegedly slapped and struck the woman in the face, Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said during a court hearing for Johnson on Tuesday.

Detective Cassandra McAfee said in a probable-cause affidavit that the incident occurred at a house in the 900 block of West 27th Avenue at 12:45 a.m., and police reported seeing visible evidence of the alleged assault.

McAfee also said in the affidavit that the alleged victim produced evidence that she was pregnant, and said Johnson was aware of that pregnancy.

Because of the pregnancy, Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth ruled that prosecutors had probable cause to charge Johnson with second-degree domestic battery.

The judge set a $5,000 bond for Johnson, who Kizer said has no prior convictions or pending charges, and also ordered him to have no contact with the alleged victim until the case is settled.

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