A student at Pine Bluff High School was arrested Friday after punching another student in the face, breaking his jaw.
Zachary Minor, 18, ran from campus after the incident but was located and detained by a school resource officer at 10th Avenue and Poplar Street and brought back to campus.
Pine Bluff Detective Temmiothy Johnson said in a probable cause affidavit that when the officer returned to the campus, the 14-year-old male victim was in the school nurse’s office bleeding from the mouth and unable to talk.
School video, which helped police ID two witnesses to the incident, showed Minor punching the victim in the jaw.
When police interviewed the victim, he said Minor asked him if he had called (Minor’s) sister a b…h. The victim said he did and then apologized before Minor punched him. Doctors diagnosed the victim with a closed fracture of the jaw that will require surgery.
Johnson reported that the two witnesses both said Minor had told them he was going to confront the victim about the name the victim had called his sister. The witnesses said Minor asked them to accompany him because he said the victim had friends who might get involved.
When Minor was interviewed, he confirmed the witnesses’ statements that he wanted to confront the victim and said he got the witnesses for backup.
On Monday, Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $1,500 bond for Minor after ruling prosecutors have probable cause to charge him with second-degree battery.
Minor, who said he would hire his own lawyer, was ordered to have no contact with the victim until the case is settled.