Arkansas' Thomas arrested for domestic battery

Updated: April 23, 2007, 2:23 AM ET
Associated Press

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.


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