Arrest made in reported domestic disturbance


A reported domestic disturbance involving a Pine Bluff man Saturday afternoon led to the man’s arrest after his girlfriend said he beat her and her sister during an argument.

The woman, who was reportedly 10 weeks pregnant, told police she began to feel bad after the incident and went to Jefferson Regional Medical Center where doctors said she had a miscarriage.

Javeon Shelton, 20, also allegedly took the victim’s car for a short time, police detective Brad Vilches reported in a probable cause affidavit.

Police were sent at 3:28 p.m. to an apartment in the 2700 block of Taft Street where the alleged victim told officers she and Shelton had been involved in an argument and she told him to get out, then threw some of his belongings out of the apartment.

Vilches reported that the woman said Shelton threw her on the floor and began punching her in the head and face, and when her sister tried to intervene, Shelton also reportedly hit her.

After reportedly taking the car and dropping it off with a relative of the alleged victim, Shelton called police to report a battery and was arrested at the Walmart Supercenter parking lot after arranging to meet police there.

Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $5,000 bond for Shelton after ruling Tuesday prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with second-degree domestic battery.

Bridgforth also ordered Shelton, who said he would hire his own attorney, to have no contact with the alleged victim and told him to come back to court March 15.