JONESBORO, Ark. – After seeing the Main Street beating video showing Bobby Joe “BJ” Nutt in his vicious attack on an unconscious man, Assistant Jonesboro City Attorney Heather Owens signed off on an arrest warrant for third degree battery. A judge signed it not long after, on Friday, August 9.
On August 13, the arrest warrant was served to Nutt at 4:25 PM. His photo was never found by a reporter on the Craighead County Jail website. He was served a no contact order at 11:16 AM on August 15. The order is between Nutt and his victim (see below). A professional bond was posted on the same day for Nutt at 11:17 AM.
This comes after the victim filed an affidavit for charges with the city. Normally, an affidavit is slowly processed, sent to an officer, and a summons issued but this case was not handled normally, Owens confirmed without elaborating why. The warrant was issued immediately and signed by a judge for third degree battery (Class A misdemeanor).
Nutt has been ordered to appear in Jonesboro District Court at 1 PM on September 16 for his plea and arraignment. Nutt faces up to one year in jail and a $2,500 fine on the battery charge (see video). He also faces time for contempt of court – failure to pay fines (see below video).
Before that, he was already no stranger to police.
Nutt has a violent history including accusations of violence against a number of women he was in relationships with. He had a second warrant out for his arrest for being in contempt of court for not paying fines over slashing a woman’s tires. He was found guilty in that case.
On June 28, 2018, a criminal mischief charge was brought against him, according to JPD’s Information Specialist Sally Smith. It was in reference to vehicle damage. He slashed the tires of his ex-fiance, the report said, and he was convicted. Nutt was to pay fines on the crime. He made at least one payment of $100, court records show, but he stopped paying after about one month. On November 21, warrant was issued for his arrest for Contempt of Court: Failure to Pay Fines.
That wasn’t his first encounter with JPD either. According to Smith, since 2010, ten reports have been filed in Jonesboro alone involving Nutt.
Also, another video was shared with NEA Report which appears to show Nutt attacking yet another person on Main Street downtown.
Then, there are the orders of protection filed by his exes. We are protecting all of their identities here due to fear of reprisal from the violent Nutt.
Three Different Women Speak Out
Several women contacted NEA Report during our coverage to tell us that this was par for the course behavior by Nutt. After seeing the video of the beating, two different women said hearing him rage at the unconscious victim brought back memories of instances they’ve had with the same violent man.
“We were in a relationship for three months in 2012,” said Witness #1. “He is very abusive and is very scary when he gets mad. One night, I asked him if he had cheated on me because I had heard rumors. He got very angry and I tried to leave. He then grabbed me by arm in his gravel driveway, threw me over his shoulder and took me to the shop by his house and slammed me to the ground. Somehow I got him to calm down and I told him I wouldn’t call the cops. I met with the cops and they took pictures, told me what I needed to do the next day about a protection order and that they were going to search for him. Not ten minutes after arriving to my home he drove by my house and was arrested.”
The first witness didn’t want her name on the record because she said he has stalked her before, describing it in frightening detail. She said she once got off work and saw him watching her in the parking lot at her job.
She said Nutt was not only on steroids when she dated him but she personally witnessed him selling them. She said he blames his rage on getting blown up in war but she said he was the same way before he served for several months overseas. She said he went into rages “all the time” and she felt like she had PTSD over her experiences.
Her memories were triggered by the YouTube video of the beating.
“The scream in that video…I’ve heard that scream so many times that it brought back that memory of him screaming in my face like a grizzly bear.”
“When I dated him, I experienced that voice and that rage just because I didn’t want to be at his house,” said Witness #2. “He would go off for absolutely no reason. One time he grabbed my gun and was yelling like [the video] and pinned me down then put his nose to mine and held the gun to his head right in my face. He’s kicked my door in, broke in and stole undergarments, punched me in the chest, but he quickly realized I wouldn’t put up with it.”
The second witness dated Nutt in 2012 as well, she said, just following the previous woman’s encounter. She said the they only dated for a few months but in that time, she experienced terror. On one night, he kicked her door in and began physically attacking her, she said, before he pulled a gun out of the nightstand. She said he pointed the gun at her and then pointed it at his temple while on top of her pinning her down. She doesn’t remember how she escaped that situation but she did and said it was a wake up call.
“Hearing that video brought back those memories,” Witness #2 said. “That’s how he does. He gets in your face. You look in his eyes and there’s nothing there. He’s uncontrollable and he’ll fly off for no reason.”
On Dec. 30, 2015, Nutt was waiting on his ex outside of her place of employment. He refused to let her leave him and said she would talk to him or he would become “threatening at my job and/or follow me on my lunch break,” she wrote in the request for an order of protection. He got upset after a short time and refused to let her go back to work. He raised his fist and threatened to hit her anytime she tried to leave, the affidavit said. She jumped out of the vehicle at Caraway and Highland to get away. It led her to requesting the restraining order but it was only one of several incidents. She wrote that Nutt had physically abused her for the past six months.
“Several of those times, I thought I was going to die,” she wrote. “He likes to choke me until I can’t breathe and pick me up by my throat.”