A police response to the Arkansas Methodist Medical Center emergency room regarding a battery has sent the alleged perpetrator to jail.

Police have arrested Demarius D. James, 24, of Paragould, on charges of one count of possession of a firearm by certain persons (i.e. a convicted felon), a Class B felony; and second-degree battery, a Class D felony.

According to a probable cause affidavit sworn by Detective Sgt. Robert Sexton, the arrest followed a response on Feb. 9 to the hospital emergency room. Upon their arrival, the officers learned the victim had been struck on the head by a pistol allegedly wielded by James.

According to the affidavit, the blow caused the victim to fall, striking his head on a counter top, at which point he lost consciousness. A witness reportedly told investigators that James continued to strike and kick the victim as he lay on the ground. Officers noted severe lacerations to the victim’s head and ear; the victim also complained of severe abdominal pain.

Officers later located James at his residence, recovering the firearm from a vehicle on the property. A witness at the scene told officers that James had told him to place the weapon into the vehicle in which it was found, before arrival of the officers.

In an interview, before which he had been advised of his rights to remain silent and to have an attorney present during questioning, James reportedly told the interviewers he had indeed been in an altercation with the victim. He reportedly said, however, that he had struck the victim only once, with his fist.

Further investigation revealed James was a convicted felon, not allowed to possess firearms.

James remains in the Greene County Detention Center on a $15,000 cash-only bond, conditioned on having no contact with the victim nor possessing any weapon.

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