Man with domestic warrant arrested for punching ex

A Jonesboro Police Department patrol car. Photo by Stan Morris.

JONESBORO, Ark. – A man familiar with domestic violence found himself in another Monday.

A domestic dispute led authorities to arrest a man not only on the allegation he punched his girlfriend – but on several outstanding warrants, one of which was for domestic violence and his failure to complete

At about 4 p.m. Monday, Jonesboro Police Department was dispatched to Gladiolus Drive to an apartment. Officer Garrett Thomason arrived and met with the victim, a female, 42, who had a gash the size of a dime in her chin. It was bleeding. She said she was in an argument with her ex-boyfriend, Tarelle A. Fowler, 37, of Jonesboro, when he struck her, causing her to fall into the bushes. She said he may have even had an object in his hand.

Meanwhile, Fowler claimed she had been drinking and was standing on a table looking through the door peep hole – then fell into the door lock.

He was arrested and taken to Craighead County Detention Center on a charge of third degree battery, a misdemeanor. He also had two non-payment of fines warrants and a contempt of court order on a domestic violence class.

His court date is February 1.

The report indicated the victim contacted the Crisis Hotline and made arrangements to find shelter. The victim’s wound was deep and stitches were likely to be needed, the officers reported.

The Family Crisis Center of Northeast Arkansas is available for resources and not just as a shelter. They can provide counseling, advice, or other assistance for those in an abusive relationship.

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