A Conway man faces a third-degree battery charge after witnesses say he punched and then hit a woman with his car door in the Wal-Mart on Skyline Drive parking lot Sunday.
Conway Police Department spokesman LaTresha Woodruff said 53-year-old William Keith was arrested on a third-degree battery charge after witnesses told police they saw him hit the woman with his car door.
“Three people on the scene witnessed the altercation between Keith and the victim,” she said. “As Keith was leaving the scene, one of the men pulled out a BB gun. According to the man, he wanted to scare Keith so that he would not leave the scene. This man and the two others were questioned by police at the scene and released with no charges.”
CPD was called out to the Wal-Mart on Skyline Drive around 8:15 p.m. Sunday after the victim went inside the store “bleeding severely from her head,” according to an incident report.
Keith was pulled over at the Mexico Chiquito, which is connected to Wal-Mart’s parking lot, as he was leaving the scene.
“As I exited my vehicle, the driver exited the vehicle and began to walk to the rear of the vehicle,” the responding officer wrote in his report. “I noticed that the man, identified as William Keith, had blood coming from above his right eye and from under his left eye.”
Keith told the officer he left the scene because a man wearing a white shirt with black hair had pulled a gun on him.
He also said he and his fiance were arguing but that he did not hit her.
“Without being asked, Keith stated that he had gotten [into] an argument with a woman who had hit him,” the officer wrote in is report. “He stated that he did not hit her, he rather pushed her off of him. Keith said that this was when the woman hit her head on the car door.”
Keith said he had been drinking earlier in the day when asked about the “large bottle of whiskey in the back seat.”
According to the incident report, a witness said he pulled his gun on Keith to keep him from fleeing the scene.
“[The man] admitted to pulling the BB pistol on the suspect trying to scare him into staying where he was until the police arrived,” the report reads. “According to [the man], he witnessed the suspect hit the victim in the head with the car door and then hit her again with a hairbrush.”
Other witnesses said they tried to help the woman after they noticed her wounds, according to the report.
The man seen with the pistol and two other witnesses were released with no charges after police reviewed security footage.
Woodruff said the victim was taken to Conway Regional Medical Center with “non-life threatening injuries” following the incident.
Police questioned the woman at the hospital, where she stated Keith acted “paranoid and angry all day,” noting Keith had not been taking his medications.
The victim told police she did not remember much of the incident.
“[She] advised that as she was getting out of the car to go inside Wal-Mart, she knew she had gotten hit in the face, but the only thing she really remembers was running into Wal-Mart and waiting for MEMS,” the report reads.
Keith was ultimately charged with third-degree battery, a Class A misdemeanor.
He is scheduled to appear in district court at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 18.