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Hot Springs Police were called to Cypress Street last week in reference to a domestic disturbance involving a pregnant lady being beaten and held against her will at a residence.
Witnesses told police that Alfred Roland Jenkins, Jr., 34, of Cypress Street in Hot Springs, had been in the yard of a residence and was allegedly punching the 9 month pregnant victim that is reportedly “due any day”. The witnesses reported that the disturbance made it’s way into the residence, possibly against the will of the victim. And, the victim was complaining of labor pain during all of this action.
Officers, attempted to get response from inside the residence with no success. The suspect and victim were inside the residence, but were not answering the door. Officers. Officers, a witness and HSPD Dispatch all made several attempts to contact the suspect on his cell phone. Finally, the witness allegedly received a text message from the suspect saying that the victim went to the hospital. But, that information was known to be incorrect.
Due to the emergency circumstances in play, the HSPD Housing Officer was ordered to the scene with a key to the residence. Mr. Jenkins was located inside the residence and brought outside without incident and detained.
Shortly after, the victim emerged from the house. She was reportedly visibly shaken and injured. She had bruised/swollen eyes, her hair was disheveled, and she was complaining of cramps. LifeNet was ordered to the scene and an Ambulance Crew soon arrived.
The report notes that 5 children were inside the residence during this entire episode.
Mr. Jenkins was arrested and transported to the Garland County Detention Center for processing. During the trip to jail, Mr. Jenkins allegedly made several spontaneous statements admitting to the incident. He allegedly said that he “was on drugs at the time and wasn’t in his right mind” during the attack.
Allegedly after being Mirandized, Mr. Jenkins allegedly said that he had “just learned that the victim had cheated on him which caused him to become emotionally unstable which resulted in” the battery.
Mr. Jenkins is charged with Felony Domestic Battery and Failure To Appear with a bond amount totaling $ – bond not available.