A-State cornerback accused of domestic battery appears in court, while victim also appears in court

A-State cornerback accused of domestic battery appears in court, while victim also appears in court

JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - An Arkansas State University cornerback appeared before a judge Thursday after police say he assaulted a woman at an apartment on campus earlier this week.

Meanwhile, the victim in the case also appeared in court, accused of breaking into the same apartment back in August.

Nathan Andrew Page, 20, of Jonesboro was arrested Oct. 30 on suspicion of domestic battering-3rd degree/purpose of causing injury, causes injury.

According to a probable cause affidavit, Arkansas State University police went to an apartment in the 1100 block of University Loop around 1:25 p.m. Oct. 30.

While there, officers spoke to the victim, Naytia Khadijahamani Watkins, 18, of Little Rock.

Naytia Watkins was arrested Oct. 30 on a bench warrant, alleging residential burglary from an Aug. 30 break-in at an apartment on University Loop East, A-State police said Thursday.
Naytia Watkins was arrested Oct. 30 on a bench warrant, alleging residential burglary from an Aug. 30 break-in at an apartment on University Loop East, A-State police said Thursday. (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office)

“Upon arrival, officers made contact with the victim (Watkins) who stated that the defendant had been physically assaulting her. The victim also advised officers that she was pregnant at this time and that the defendant was the father of the child,” the affidavit noted.

Watkins, who was also cited for misdemeanor battery-2 in the case, then showed officers the injuries she sustained during the altercation including cuts and abrasions to her body.

Police also spoke with Page.

“He advised officers that the victim had become upset wanting to see his phone and accusing him of cheating on her,” the affidavit noted. “The defendant stated that the victim grabbed him by the hair on his head and began jerking him around and hitting him.”

However, police said they did not see any visible injuries on Page.

A $1,500 bond was set for Page, who will be arraigned Dec. 30 in circuit court.

Watkins also appeared before District Judge David Boling Thursday on a bench warrant, alleging residential burglary.

According to a probable cause affidavit, A-State police went to an apartment in the 1100 block of University Loop East about the burglary.

The victim told police that the apartment had been broken into, with a television, nearly $110 in cash and several pairs of shoes stolen.

Police were able to use security footage at the apartment to help make the arrest, the affidavit noted.

“A review of the camera footage for the building showed two African American females entering the room multiple times and exiting with the television, two duffle bags and a backpack. After reviewing the camera footage with the victim, the defendant was positively identified as one of the suspects entering the room. She was also the suspect who carried the television and bags out of the building,” the affidavit noted.

A $1,000 bond was set for Watkins, who will be arraigned Nov. 26 in circuit court.

Page, the Roland, Ark. native, was selected as the Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Week on Monday. Page had 2 interceptions in the 3rd quarter in the win over Texas State.

Arkansas State University Sports Information Director Jerry Scott released a statement late Wednesday to Region 8 News on behalf of the football program about the arrest.

“The Arkansas State Athletics Department is aware of the incident occurring Wednesday, Oct. 30 with Nathan Page. He has been suspended from the football team pending further information,” Scott said. “The A-State Athletics Department will have no further comment on this matter at this time.”

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