Pine Bluff man arrested after alleged domestic struggle

A reported domestic disturbance at a house in the Dollarway area late Friday night ended with the arrest of a man who allegedly injured his wife during a struggled.

Because Travis Cole, 24, had a prior misdemeanor conviction for domestic battery, he could be charged with a felony as a result of the arrest.

Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said police were sent to the 6700 block of Calhoun Street where the victim said she and Cole had struggled because he accused her of seeing other men.

Detective James Williams reported that the woman said Cole put his hands around her neck and she injured her thumb during the struggle.

Kizer said Cole had previously been convicted for third-degree domestic battery, a misdemeanor, on Dec. 29, 2011.

Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $25,000 bond for Cole after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with second offense third-degree domestic battery, a Class D felony.

Kearney also ordered Cole to have no contact with the alleged victim, and told him to come back to court Dec. 3.

Because Cole said he worked and had an income, Kearney declined to appoint the Public Defender’s Office to represent him.