By Ray King

A $15,000 cash-only bond was set Wednesday for a Pine Bluff man accused of kicking the door of his girlfriend’s apartment open and beating her.

Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set the bond for Danthony Williams, 30, after ruling prosecutors have probable cause to charge him with second-degree battery and residential burglary.

Reading from a probable cause affidavit from Detective Ryan Edwards, Deputy Prosecutor Beth Carson said police were sent to St. John Apartments on July 6 where they located a female who had a knot on her forehead, a busted lip, a laceration about the right eye, and was covered in blood.

Officers entered the apartment and saw signs of forced entry as the front door frame was damaged and there was a blood trail leading from the hallway into the bedroom and there was blood on the walls.

Carson said police took a recorded statement from the victim and told the court what the victim said.

Officers were unable to get a statement from Williams at that time as he told them they would “have to come to get him.” Carson said police were sent back to the apartment Monday and this time located Williams and placed him under arrest.

When he was questioned, he said he got into an argument with the woman and walked to her apartment from the park to get his belongings. He said he kicked the door open because she would not let him in and “muffed her but never hit her in the face.”

Carson said Williams was placed on probation last year on charges of theft by receiving, residential burglary, and possession of a controlled substance. A petition has been filed to revoke that probation.

He was ordered to have no contact with the victim and to come back to court Sept. 2.