Cash-only bond set in alleged battery

A $25,000 cash-only bond was set Wednesday for a man accused of hitting another man in the head with a large beer can after an altercation last September.

Jefferson County district Judge Kim Bridgforth set the bond after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge Marcos Pedroza, 30, of Warren, with second-degree battery.

Pedroza is an illegal immigrant and also was being sought by Monticello authorities, Pine Bluff Police Department Detective Jerry Lambert said in a probable-cause affidavit.

Lambert reported that on Sept. 2, Rosa Carrillo and her husband, Erick Lazaro, came to the police department Telephone Reporting Unit to report a battery, and Carrillo said she would have to translate for her husband because his English was not good.

Carrillo told Devon Bolden, who was working at the reporting unit, that she and her husband had been at the Main Event Center at 2800 S. Olive St., for a wedding, and were dancing when they bumped a man they knew as Marco Pedro, later identified as Pedroza.

Lambert said the police report indicated that Lazaro apologized but Pedroza became upset and the two men began to argue before Pedroza allegedly hit Lazaro with the can.

Carrillo said Pedroza also struck her in the face with his fist while she was attempting to get her husband out of the building. She said she took her husband to the Bradley County Medical Center at Warren after the incident and stitches were needed to close the gash in his head.

Lambert said Pedroza was arrested Monday, and is also being held for immigration authorities.

In addition to setting the bond, Bridgforth ordered Pedroza to have no contact with Lazero and Carrillo until the case is settled, and told him to come back to court March 20.

An interpreter from the Administrative Office of the Courts at Little Rock was needed during the probable cause hearing because Pedroza reportedly does not speak fluent English.