Felony charge possible on alleged domestic battery

Because of two prior convictions for misdemeanor domestic battery, a Pine Bluff man can be charged with a felony after he was arrested again Wednesday.

Larry Coleman, 61, was taken into custody after he allegedly hit and bit his girlfriend on the arm, Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said during a court hearing Thursday.

Detective Sam Atkinson reported that police were sent to an apartment at West 13th Avenue and Maple Street, where the alleged victim said “her boyfriend beat her up.”

Kizer said officers reported seeing scratches on the woman’s face and bite marks on her arm.

Atkinson reported that Coleman had left before police arrived and he was located in the area and arrested.

When he was interviewed, Coleman reportedly told officers he had been drinking gin and beer for three or four hours, and said the alleged victim became angry at him and started hitting him.

Atkinson reported that Coleman also reportedly said he had bit the victim.

Kizer said court records showed Coleman had previously been convicted of misdemeanor third-degree domestic battery in 2011 and 2012.

Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $10,000 bond for Coleman after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with second offense third-degree domestic battery, a felony.

Bridgforth also ordered Coleman to have no contact with the alleged victim.

The Public Defender’s Office was appointed to represent Coleman.