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Arkadelphia Siftings Herald - Arkadelphia, AR
  • Man to face felony charges

  • Arkadelphia man in federal custody on state and U.S. charges.
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  • An Arkadelphia man is in federal custody Friday on state and U.S. charges. Donald Ray “Duck” Williams, 48, has been indicted on felony charges of terroristic threatening, a 2013 case opened in December by Clark County Prosecutor Blake Batson. Williams, of 17 Carpenter Hill Apartments, was also served a federal warrant for felon in possession of a firearm. Batson submitted the latter case to the U.S. Attorney Conner Eldridge’s office for prosecution. An affidavit filed at the Clark County Circuit Clerk’s Office indicates that Williams struck a woman in the face on Dec. 25 and threatened to kill her and her children if he were sent to prison for hitting her. According to a police report on file at the Arkadelphia Police Department, the victim reported the incident to Arkadelphia police, who responded to the residence in search of Williams but did not locate him. The victim "exhibited visible physical injury to her lower lip to include swelling and bleeding,” according to the affidavit filed by Sgt. Kevin Yeagle, APD criminal investigator. That affidavit notes that Williams “has had a documented history of violence with and without weapons, which would make a reasonable person fear for the safety of their physical well-being." Information on the federal charges, which would come from Eldridge's office, was not available at press time Friday. Batson said the state and federal charges are not connected to the same alleged incident. Williams was arrested Wednesday during a trafficstop on Highway 7 east of Arkadelphia by a Clark County sheriff's deputy. He was ultimately transported to a Union County facility, where he remains in custody without bond. "This arrest is a result of our continued cooperation with the U.S. Attorney's office,” Batson said. "We will continue to utilize all available resources, including the federal government." If convicted for the state’s terroristic threatening charge, a Class D felony, Williams could face up to six years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.

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