Man arrested after alleged altercation with girlfriend

A reported domestic disturbance early Sunday morning resulted in the arrest of a man who allegedly pushed his girlfriend to the floor, then struck her several times.

Donnell Thomas, 50, left the house on Friendswood Drive after the incident and was found walking a short distance away, Detective William Freeman said in a probable cause affidavit presented in court Tuesday.

Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said the victim’s mother witnessed the incident, and told police there was a verbal altercation between her daughter and Thomas that turned physical.

Because Thomas had previously been convicted of third-degree domestic battery, a misdemeanor, in 2009, Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney ruled that prosecutors had probable cause to charge Thomas with a second offense, a felony.

Kearney set a $25,000 bond for Thomas and also ordered him to have no contact with the alleged victim until the case is settled.

The Public Defender’s Office was appointed to represent Thomas and he was instructed to come back to court April 30.