Pearcy man charged for alleged threatening texts to ex-girlfriend

Barry Kawika Smith (Submitted photo)
Barry Kawika Smith (Submitted photo)

A Pearcy man was arrested on a felony warrant early Thursday stemming from allegations he sent graphic threatening texts to his ex-girlfriend in December after she wouldn't let him come to her house.

Barry Kawika Smith, 46, who lists a Kathryn Lane address in Pearcy, was taken into custody in Saline County shortly before 4 a.m. on the warrant for first-degree terroristic threatening, a felony punishable by up to six years in prison.

He was brought to the Garland County Detention Center where he was booked in shortly before 4:30 a.m. and released a short time later on a $2,500 bond. He is set to appear May 3 in Garland County District Court.

According to court records, Smith lists no prior criminal history, but the same alleged victim had petitioned for an order of protection against him on Oct. 12, 2022, which was granted the next day. The order was dismissed on Feb. 21, 2023, after the court was unable to complete service on the respondent.

According to the probable cause affidavit, on Dec. 12, 2023, shortly after 6:30 a.m., Hot Springs Village police officers responded to a woman's residence in Hot Springs Village to a complaint of threats made.

Officers spoke to the woman who stated her ex-boyfriend, identified as Smith, had been sending her threatening text messages.

The woman told police Smith had told her he was in the area of her house and "wanted to come over." She said she told Smith not to come over and he responded with a string of expletives.

He also allegedly threatened that he was going to "sneak in" when she was alone and "carve your skin from your muscle in sections so you can heal and do it again until there is nothing left of you."

Based on the messages allegedly sent, a warrant for Smith's arrest was issued that same day.

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