Man accused of hitting boss in back of head with shovel

Man accused of hitting boss in back of head with shovel

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A construction foreman hit in the back of the head with a shovel says he is lucky he did not get hurt.

The man who is accused of the assault is not as lucky.

Police arrested and charged Arlus Banks, Jr., 23, of Jonesboro with aggravated assault and obstructing governmental operations.

A foreman for Ramson Construction told police he asked Banks several times to dig a trench at a construction site in the 5500-block of East Johnson.

After Banks made a vulgar comment, the foreman told Banks to leave the property, said Officer John Eidson Jr. in his initial incident report.

When the foreman turned his back to Banks he "felt something hit him in the back of the head real hard," the report stated. "He found it was a shovel he had been struck with."

The shovel hit the foreman in the back of his neck and hardhat, the report said.

"He advised he was lucky he was not injured," Eidson said.

Immediately after the alleged attack, Banks ran from the scene. Another officer arrested him less than half a mile from the scene in the Oriole Drive area.

Banks reportedly denied hitting the foreman with the shovel; however, he said he had thrown it, the report said.

Banks was taken to the Craighead County Detention Center where he was given a bond of $1,500.

He has since been released on that bond.

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