Cash-only bond set in alleged beating with skillet

A $100,000 cash-only bond was set Thursday for a Pine Bluff man who allegedly hit his girlfriend with an iron skillet after the two argued over money on May 31.

Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set the bond after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge Johnny Robinson, 58, with first-degree battery.

According to a probable cause affidavit from Detective Jerry Lambert, the alleged victim has had three brain surgeries at Jefferson Regional Medical Center and is listed in critical condition.

During a court hearing Thursday for Robinson, Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said police were sent to the hospital Tuesday where they interviewed relatives of the alleged victim, who said Robinson and the victim had argued because she refused to give him money to buy alcohol.

Kizer said Robinson has served several prison sentences and has an Arkansas Crime Information Center record that is “17 or 18 pages long” and includes six different aliases.

Bridgforth set the cash only bond because Kizer and Lambert in the probable cause affidavit said he should be considered “a flight risk.”

Kizer said the charge against Robinson may be upgraded based on the woman’s condition.

In addition to setting the bond, Robinson was ordered to have no contact with the woman until the case is settled.