Arkansas man denies aggravated assault

Victim suffered intracranial hemorrhage
By: 
Marlo Pronovost
Thursday, May 24, 2018

An Arkansas resident on temporary work duty for an area refinery has denied attacking a man on a Columbus sidewalk following an incident at a bar.

Christopher Figueroa, 28, appeared in 22nd Judicial District Court last Thursday to answer to the charge. He had previously posted bail and will be allowed to return to Arkansas when his work detail ends in a few weeks.

THE CASE

According to court documents, at 1:33 a.m. on the morning of May 6, Columbus Police Officer Aaron Uecker responded to a report of a man and a woman being attacked while walking on Pike Avenue to their hotel from a bar.

Uecker found the man in a hotel room lying on a bed with two large gashes on the back of his head and an extremely “banged up” face. The man was transported to the Stillwater Billings Clinic, according to court documents. He was later diagnosed with a right temporal contusion and intracranial hemorrhage, according to court documents.

The woman told police that earlier that evening in the bar, Figueroa’s friend had asked her to dance, and became angry when she declined the invitation. Later, as the woman and her male friend were walking back to their hotel, Figueroa and his friend drove up in a pickup truck and attacked them.

Figueroa allegedly put the man in a chokehold, causing them both to fall to the ground. The woman managed to pull Figueroa off her friend, and she was then punched in the head and chest, according to court documents. The man was able to get to his feet again, only to be met with another punch, which dropped him to the ground, causing him to hit his head on the pavement and stop moving. When Figueroa and his friend saw the man was not moving, they fled the scene.

Three days later, Figueroa’s attorney contacted police and agreed to speak with law enforcement, telling them he had asked a “pretty girl” to play pool with him that evening but she declined. Her male friend began to “bicker” with Figueroa for the remainder of the night and eventually confronted him outside the bar, according to court documents.

Figueroa said he put the man in a restraint hold because it appeared as if he was “coming after him.” He did not answer a question about whether or not the male victim was conscious when he left the scene.

Figueroa’s friend was not charged in the case.

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