Domestic battery allegation may lead to felony charge

Because of a prior conviction for misdemeanor domestic battery in 2010, a Pine Bluff man arrested Thursday can be charged with a felony after he allegedly threw a can of air freshener at his girlfriend, resulting in a large bleeding wound to her forehead.

Calvin Washington, 51, was arrested after police were sent to the 500 block of West Barraque Street at 8:30 a.m. Thursday in response to a reported disturbance.

Detective Marsha Oliver reported that the alleged victim said Washington grabbed her by the neck and slammed her head against a wall, as well as throwing the can at her head.

Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said officers saw scratches on the alleged victim’s right wrist, as well as the wound to the head.

Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $10,000 bond for Washington after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with second offense third-degree domestic battery, and told Washington to have no contact with the alleged victim until the case is settled.

The Public Defender’s Office was appointed to represent Washington, and he was told to come back to court April 22.