Assault suspect facing more charges following police search

Assault suspect facing more charges following police search
Kentrell Bell (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A Jonesboro man wanted for assaulting a woman had two more charges tacked on when police said they discovered meth in his pants.

The victim in the alleged assault told police she and Kentrell O'Neal Bell were traveling down Kathleen Street Monday night when he accused her of cheating on him.

According to the probable cause affidavit, when she told him she was not, "he became angry at her and started to choke her while she was driving."

The victim stated she pulled the car over because she could not breathe and was "starting to black out."

When she slammed on the brakes, Bell let go of her and she got out of the car.

"Kentrell then came after and started to hit her," the court documents stated. The woman ran back to the car and drove away, leaving Bell on the side of the road.

Tuesday afternoon, Craighead County District Judge David Boling found probable cause to charge Bell with aggravated assault on a family or household member and issued a bench warrant for his arrest.

An investigator called Bell on Wednesday and arranged to meet him at the corner of Race Street and Mary Jane Drive to discuss the case.

When Bell arrived, the officer arrested him on the warrant.

While searching Bell, the investigator reported finding two small baggies of suspected methamphetamine and a glass methamphetamine pipe in his pants pockets.

Bell appeared in video court Thursday before Judge Boling who found probable cause to also charge him with possession of meth or cocaine less than two grams and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The judge set his bond at $7,500 for the aggravated assault charge and $2,500 for the drug charges.

Bell is due in circuit court on March 30.

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