Man accused of beating woman in middle of road

Man accused of beating woman in middle of road
Anthony L. Nelson (Source: Greene Co. Sheriff's Office)

GREENE COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - Greene County sheriff's deputies arrested a man on suspicion of domestic battery and endangering the welfare of a minor after they say he was found beating a woman in the middle of the road.

Sunday afternoon deputies were called to the intersection of Highway 49 South and Greene County Road 749 by an off-duty Arkansas State University police officer.

Sheriff David Carter arrived on the scene first and found the UPD officer holding 32-year-old Anthony Nelson of Memphis at gunpoint.

Carter took Nelson into custody and transported him to the detention center while deputies interviewed the victim and several witnesses.

According to the incident report, Nelson and the victim were arguing while she was driving. When he tried to block her sight, she pulled into the turning lane and stopped the car.

"At that time the suspect began choking the victim as she was trying to flag someone down for help," Deputy Ethan McGinnis stated in his initial incident report. "ASU Police Officer Brian Shelton…stated he saw the suspect on top of the victim striking her as she was screaming for help."

Shelton stopped his vehicle and ordered the suspect to the ground at gunpoint, then called 911.

The victim, according to McGinnis, had a large cut on her forehead. EMTs treated and released her at the scene.

The incident report stated a 2-year-old child was in the back seat of the vehicle during the incident, leading to Nelson being charged with endangering the welfare of a minor in addition to third-degree battery.

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