Police: man beats woman, gas station employee calls for help

Man arrested for beating woman

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A gas station employee could possibly be a lifesaver after a woman whispered in her ear to call police for help.

Jonesboro police were called to the Exxon gas station at 3109 Commerce Dr. for an unknown problem early Saturday morning.

According to the incident report, when an officer arrived, an employee told police the woman who asked for help had blood coming from around her eye.

The gas station worker told police the woman left in a white Pontiac Grand Am.

Other officers searching for the vehicle later found it near Janice and Maurice Streets.

Once all units arrived to the area where the car was found, they spoke to a homeowner who said the woman they were looking for was inside his home.

Police pulled the woman aside and asked her what happened.

She told authorities that Christopher Petty, 32, took her out to a gravel road where no one could hear screaming, then beat her.

The woman told police the incident lasted three hours and it finally stopped when she convinced Perry to take her to the Exxon station to buy cigarettes.

According to the report, that is when the woman whispered to the employee for help.

Police noticed a hematoma in her left eye, a bruise on the right side of her forehead, and a swollen finger.

The victim was taken to NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital for treatment.

Inside the home police found Perry and arrested him. He was taken to the Craighead County Detention Center where he faces a third degree domestic battery charge.

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