Police arrest man for threatening nanny

Police arrest man for threatening nanny
Matthew Kalaikattil Thomas (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Police say when a man learned his nanny would not testify in his favor in a custody case, he attacked her.

Jonesboro police arrested 30-year-old Matthew Thomas at a residence in the 3800-block of Raider Road early Sunday morning.

According to court documents, Thomas grabbed the victim by the throat and threatened to kill her and her kids if she called the police.

Thomas reportedly told the officers he and the victim, who he identified as his girlfriend and nanny had been arguing over her testimony in his pending custody case.

The victim told police when Thomas found out she was not going to tell the court what he wanted her to tell them he became angry.

"Thomas then grabbed her by the throat and pushed her up against the kitchen cabinets," the affidavit said. "He then pushed her to the ground by her throat and started slamming her head against the floor."

The woman alleged that Thomas also threatened to kill her "if she talked to his mother again."

Officers arrested Thomas and took him to the Craighead County Detention Center. On Monday, District Judge David Boling found probable cause to charge him with aggravated assault on a family or household member and third-degree domestic battering.

Thomas remains in the CCDC on a $2,500 cash/surety bond.

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