POCAHONTAS, AR (KAIT) - A Pocahontas man allegedly beat another man with a baseball bat and bit part of his ear off for "disrespecting" a woman he cares for. Police say he later beat that same woman with a bat too.
A witness called police to the Hillcrest Motel on Monday about another man at his apartment who had his ear bitten off. The victim warned the witness that the man who did it, Thomas Hubert, 42, was coming for him as well.
Police made contact with the victim who was wandering in front of the apartments. They noted he was missing part of his right ear.
The victim told police he was in his apartment asleep around 3 a.m. when he woke to Hubert hitting him with a baseball bat. The victim said he and Hubert then started fighting, at which point Hubert bit his ear.
The victim told police he had disrespected a woman Hubert cares for the night before, resulting in the attack.
Around daybreak that same day, the victim sent a photo of his ear to the woman, saying another man shot it off.
The woman said she went to his apartment to help him out, but when she walked in, Hubert hit her with a baseball bat and "continued hitting her."
According to a case summary from the Pocahontas Police Department, after being read his Miranda rights, Hubert said he hit her with the bat because "she came into the apartment to do drugs and it made him mad, and he wanted her to understand what bad decisions she was making."
Hubert then allegedly refused to let either the man or woman leave the apartment for several hours. During that time, he took a photo of the woman with her injuries and allegedly told her he would keep the photo to "remind her not to mess with him."
Hubert later showed the photo to police, but he denied holding her there against her will.
Hubert was charged with two felony counts of kidnapping, two felony counts of battery, and one felony count of residential battery.
Both of Hubert's victims were taken to Five Rivers Medical Center. Police say the woman had a large amount of swelling/bruising on her left eye.
His bond was set at $50,000 cash only.
Hubert was arrested in December for leading Randolph County authorities on a high-speed chase into Greene County.
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