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Arkansas' Thomas arrested for domestic battery

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Charles Thomas, who started the past
two seasons as a forward for the Arkansas basketball team, was
arrested on suspicion of third-degree domestic battery after police
were called to the scene of an argument between Thomas and his
ex-girlfriend.

A police report said both Thomas and Sarah Thompson had skin
abrasions when officers went to an apartment in southeast
Fayetteville on Saturday.

Thomas, 21, was freed on bond from the Washington County Jail at
5 p.m. after his arrest earlier in the afternoon, according to the
Web site of the Washington County sheriff's office.

Thomas is scheduled to appear in Fayetteville District Court on
May 21.

Sgt. Dominic Swanfeld of the Fayetteville Police Department,
reading from an incident report, said the arrest was made after
officers went to the apartment about 3:10 p.m. in response to a
call from Thompson, 21. The report said the officers encountered
her outside the apartment, crying, and she told them that she and
Thomas had argued.

She told police she suffered carpet burns when Thomas pushed her
forcefully to the floor. Thomas had two small scrapes on his chin,
Swanfeld said.

Coach John Pelphrey, out of town on a recruiting trip, will not
comment on Thomas' arrest, according to spokesman Robbie Edwards.

Thomas, 6-foot-8 and weighing 243 pounds, is originally from
Jackson, Miss. He completed his junior year as a Razorback with the
most recent season, during which he was the third-leading scorer on
the team with an average of 10.7 points per game.

Arkansas officials acknowledged on April 4 that two players had
failed drug tests for marijuana and one player was under academic
suspension. The announcement came after the firing of coach Stan
Heath and a couple of days after Creighton's Dana Altman accepted
the job, then changed his mind. Pelphrey took over after the
announcement about the drug tests and academic problem.

Before Thomas, the last Arkansas basketball player to be
arrested was former guard Eric Ferguson. He was stopped for drunken
driving on Nov. 6, 2005, and later entered a guilty plea.