Alleged domestic disturbance leads to arrest

A Pine Bluff man was arrested Sunday morning after he allegedly beat his girlfriend during an argument.

Cedric Johnson, 41, was allegedly drunk and under the influence of a controlled substance, Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said during a court hearing for Johnson Monday.

Detective Jerry Lambert said in a probable-cause affidavit that police were called to the 800 block of West 12th Avenue at 2:17 a.m. The alleged victim said Johnson had hit her in the face several times.

Police reported that the woman’s eyes were swollen and she had bruises to her face and swelling to the head.

Kizer said Johnson had a prior conviction for third-degree domestic battery, a misdemeanor, and because of that, Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth ruled that prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with a second offense, a felony.

Bridgforth set a $50,000 bond for Johnson, ordered him to have no contact with the alleged victim, and appointed the Public Defender’s Office to represent him.