Suspect accused of beating former girlfriend

A report that a woman had been beaten and held against her will by her former boyfriend led to the man’s arrest Saturday.

During a court hearing Monday, Pine Bluff Police Department Detective Jerry Lambert said the woman told police that Derrick Shelton, 41, had attacked and beaten her after he persuaded her to come to his house in the 2100 block of State Street on Friday night.

Shelton allegedly wouldn’t let the woman leave and when she tried to leave, he allegedly threw her in the floor, choked her, punched her in the face with his fists, and stomped her, Lambert said.

According to a probable-cause affidavit, another man, who was not identified, and Shelton’s “new girlfriend” who was also not identified, witnessed the alleged attack

Lambert said the woman was finally allowed to leave but not before Shelton had thrown her on the floor and “slammed a weight” on her chest, resulting in what doctors at Jefferson Regional Medical Center said was a “possible broken sternum or ribs.”

She went to a house in the 2100 block of Georgia Street, where police were called.

A records check from the Arkansas Crime Information Center indicated that Shelton is currently on parole and has previous convictions for aggravated assault, second-degree battery, being a felon in possession of a firearm and drug-related charges.

Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $100,000 cash-only bond for Shelton after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with second-degree domestic battery and with false imprisonment.

Bridgforth also ordered Shelton to have no contact with the alleged victim until the case is settled.

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