Cash-only bond set in domestic violence incident

A $25,000 cash-only bond was set Friday for a Pine Bluff man who allegedly knocked his pregnant wife to the ground during an altercation July 20, resulting in injuries to her.

Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set the bond after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge Brandon Phillips, 23, with third-degree domestic battery, a felony because the wife is pregnant. Phillips also will face a second third-degree domestic battery charge, also a felony because of prior misdemeanor convictions.

Detective Sgt. Bill Wiegand said in a probable-cause affidavit that the incident occurred in the 4200 block of West 28th Avenue when Phillips allegedly struck his wife with his fist, knocking her down. She was able to escape and go to a neighbor’s house and call police, but Phillips had left before officers arrived.

Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said police attempted to locate Phillips for several days without success, then received information that he had fled to Arkansas County where he was arrested by sheriff’s deputies and held until he could be picked up and brought back to Pine Bluff.

Wiegand said in the affidavit that the wife is seven months pregnant.

Kizer said an Arkansas Crime Information Center printout on Phillips is “10 pages long,” and includes an active warrant from Monticello, and petitions to revoke probation from both Jefferson and Lincoln counties.

In addition to setting the bond, Bridgforth ordered Phillips to have no contact with his wife until the case is settled, and told him to come back to court Sept. 5.