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Domestic Battery Suspect Allegedly Beats Girlfriend Then Runs From Police – HOT SPRINGS


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In June 2018, Hot Springs Police K-9 Corporal along with Officers Greene & Sampson were dispatched to Helen Street in reference to woman bleeding from the head.

Sky Ripley, 23 of Lonsdale – allegedly ran from police during a felony domestic battery investigation.

The victim told police that she and her boyfriend, Sky Ripley, 23 of Highway 128 in Lonsdale, were involved in a verbal argument that turned physical when Mr. Ripley allegedly pulled her off of a trampoline and began punching her in the head with a closed fist.

Cpl. Constant and Off. Sampson had contacted Mr. Ripley at the scene, but he fled on foot and was not located.

Arrest warrants were sworn out for Mr. Ripley and Garland County Sheriff’s Patrol Deputy Hinojosa caught up to him on November 5, 2018 in the 800 Block of Highway 298.  Mr. Ripley was arrested and transported to the Garland County Detention Center for processing.

Mr. Ripley is charged with Felony Domestic Battery 3rd Degree, Fleeing, Failure To Comply with a bond totaling $5,500.

*Note…This charge of Domestic Battery 3rd Degree is a felony due to the way the law reads:

§ 5-26-305 – Domestic battering in the third degree.

5-26-305. Domestic battering in the third degree.

(a) A person commits domestic battering in the third degree if:

(1) With the purpose of causing physical injury to a family or household member, the person causes physical injury to a family or household member;

(2) The person recklessly causes physical injury to a family or household member;

(3) The person negligently causes physical injury to a family or household member by means of a deadly weapon; or

(4) The person purposely causes stupor, unconsciousness, or physical or mental impairment or injury to a family or household member by administering to the family or household member, without the family or household member’s consent, any drug or other substance.

(b) (1) Domestic battering in the third degree is a Class A misdemeanor.

(2) However, domestic battering in the third degree is a Class D felony if:

(A) Committed against a woman the person knew or should have known was pregnant;

(B) For conduct that occurred within the five (5) years preceding the commission of the current offense, the person has been convicted of a prior offense of:

(i) Domestic battering in the first degree, 5-26-303;

(ii) Domestic battering in the second degree, 5-26-304;

(iii) Domestic battering in the third degree;

(iv) Aggravated assault on a family or household member, 5-26-306; or

(v) An equivalent penal law of this state or of another state or foreign jurisdiction; or

(C) For conduct that occurred within the ten (10) years preceding the commission of the current offense, the person has on two (2) previous occasions been convicted of any act of battery against a family or household member as defined by a law of this state or by an equivalent law of any other state or foreign jurisdiction.