UA Track Athlete Arrested on Domestic Battery Charge


A University of Arkansas track athlete was arrested Sunday night for domestic battery, according to the Fayetteville Police Department. 

Kevin Harris, 22, faces a third-degree domestic battering charge. 

Police officers were dispatched to the 1400 block of W. Junction St. after receiving an assault and battery call, according to the preliminary report.

When they arrived at the scene, officers made contact with the victim who was sitting inside a vehicle crying. The victim told police Harris had backhanded the side of her head. 

Officers say they noticed that her ear was swollen and bright red. After gathering more information, officers escorted the victim to her residence where she packed her belongings. 

She told officers this wasn’t the first time an incident like this had occurred. 

Officers then located Harris and arrested him. He was taken the Washington County Jail and was released Sunday night on a $1,085 bond. 

Harris’ court date was set for Nov. 26 at 8:00 a.m. 

The following is a statement from the University of Arkansas Department of Intercollegiate Athletics:
“We are aware of a charge involving a student-athlete on our men’s track and field team. The student-athlete has been suspended indefinitely, and we will continue to monitor the situation and cooperate fully with any related legal and campus processes. Our continued expectation is that our student-athletes conduct themselves in an appropriate manner at all times.

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