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$50,000 bond for man accused of choking his girlfriend



Pine Bluff, Arkansas – A 26-year-old man from Pine Bluff was accused of choking his girlfriend after a domestic altercation inside the Saracen Casino in January.

Anthony Wilson will have to post a $50,000 bond to be released from the adult detention center after District Judge John Kearney ruled prosecutors have probable cause to charge him with aggravated assault on a family or household member.

According to Deputy Prosecutor Beth Carson, a suspect had left the casino when police arrived and initial attempts to locate him were unsuccessful. He was taken into custody after a shoplifting incident at Wal-Mart.

Police were sent to the casino on Jan. 24 and what they found after they arrived, Carson told the court.

Wilson denied choking the victim and said he was trying to calm her down because she was upset about losing the money.

According to Wilson, he put his hands around her neck in an attempt to hug her from behind.

According to Carson, Wilson has a prior drug-related conviction. He was ordered to have no contact with the victim until the case is settled and said he would hire his own attorney.