|Richard Thames (mug shot SCSO)|
A man from Cape Fair has been charged with being a persistent domestic assault offender following his arrest for allegedly beating and threatening to kill his girlfriend.
According to court records, Richard William Thames, 40, was intoxicated when he head-butted and punched the woman in the eye in a fight over "$10.00" The woman told authorities that after she cooked dinner she was sitting on the couch with her son's when Thames smashed a glass coffee table and told her he was going to "gut" her with one of the shards.
Deputy Kevin Crites writes in the probable cause statement that he has assisted the victim in the past and observed an old scar on the woman's thigh where Thames stabbed her with a fork.
According to court documents, Thames allegedly admitted that he and his girlfriend fought over how she spent her "last ten dollars," but did not admit to assaulting the woman.
In March of this year Thames was charged with second-degree domestic assault. That case is still pending, according to online court records.
In 2011 deputy's were called to Thames' residence at least four times for domestic assault. And in 2010, Thames pleaded guilty to charges of third degree domestic assault and was placed on probation for one year, which he violated.
He is being held in the Stone County jail on $25,000 bond.