Police CSA is allegedly assaulted while working the scene of a wreck

Anthony Clayton Caquelin (Submitted photo)
Anthony Clayton Caquelin (Submitted photo)


The Sentinel-Record

A local man was arrested Monday on a felony battery charge after allegedly hitting a Hot Springs police Community Services Assistant in the face with his ticket book while he was working a wreck the man was involved in.

Anthony Clayton Caquelin, 52, who lists a Thornton Ferry Road address, was taken into custody shortly before 5 p.m. and charged with second-degree battery, punishable by up to six years in prison.

Caquelin, who lists no prior criminal history according to local court records, remained in custody Tuesday in lieu of a $2,500 bond and is set to appear today in Garland County District Court.

According to the probable cause affidavit, around 4:45 p.m. Monday, police officers responded to the 1000 block of Airport Road regarding a battery. While en route dispatchers advised that CSA Alvie Fikes was struck in the face with a clipboard while working the scene of a wreck and Officer 1st Class Tifani McCauley had the alleged attacker, later identified as Caquelin, detained.

Officer 1st Class Jonathan Israel arrived at the scene and saw Fikes seated in the front seat of his unit on the eastbound on ramp to the King Expressway at Airport Road. He noted Fikes had a small laceration to his upper lip and was holding a tissue over the injury to stop the bleeding, but he declined further medical attention.

Fikes stated while he was working a traffic accident, he attempted to have the driver of a black 2010 Ford F-150 pickup, identified as Caquelin, sign a traffic citation while he was seated in the driver's seat of his truck.

Fikes alleges that Caquelin refused and struck Fikes in the lip with the "metal edge portion of his ticket book."

The affidavit notes Fikes is 76 years old and employed as a CSA where "he is tasked with enforcing traffic and municipal codes."

After being read his rights, Caquelin reportedly told Israel he is "usually nervous around the police," and that he "acted in the wrong" and admitted striking Fikes with the ticket book. He was then taken into custody on the felony charge.

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