A Conway restaurant owner was charged with assault after allegations were made he had beaten a 36-year-old employee several times since 2010, according to authorities.
Bobby Paul Edwards, 49, of Conway was booked into J. Reuben Long Detention Center at 8:32 a.m. Wednesday and released at 11:13 a.m. on $10,000 bail, according to jail records. Edwards was charged with second-degree assault and battery.
Edwards surrendered to police Wednesday morning to face the charge, said Thom Berry, spokesman for the State Law Enforcement Division, which filed the charge against Edwards. A warrant for Edwards arrest was issued Tuesday.
Edwards is accused of “engaging in a pattern of conduct, which involved beating and torturing” the 36-year-old victim on numerous occasions between January 2010 and Oct. 15, according to the arrest warrant.
The victim worked for Edwards at J & J Cafeteria which is located on Fourth Avenue in Conway, Berry said.
In the affidavit, officials said they learned the victim was beaten with a belt or belt buckle, burned, choked, slapped, punched and scratched during the incidents.
Edwards’ family has owned and operated the restaurant for decades.
In a SLED records check, Edwards does not have any prior arrests other than traffic violations.
It is unclear if Edwards has an attorney and he could not be immediately reached Wednesday for comment about the charge.