Man charged after punching girlfriend in face, telling 911 her call was a ‘butt dial’ then fleeing scene

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A California woman says she was visiting her 39-year-old boyfriend Rickey Bates at his SkyHouse Nashville residence on Saturday when he punched her in the face, causing her to quickly become covered in blood. She called 911 and a call taker heard her pleading for help, but the call suddenly disconnected. When dispatch called back, he told them it was ‘just a butt dial’. When officers arrived, they found her face and hands still covered in blood from the assault.

Upon the officer’s initial arrival, Bates had already fled the scene but returned while they were interviewing the victim, his girlfriend. She asked for him to not be present, so they were separated. She said they were in an argument when he just punched her without warning. She states she blacked out for a short period of time but didn’t want him to have to go to jail for it.

Rickey Bates (MNPD)
Rickey Bates (MNPD)

Bates told police he hit her in the face ‘by mistake’ after they “got into a tussle”, and say “didn’t know she called 911” as the reason he told the 911 operation it was “just a butt dial”. Officers didn’t believe any of his story and took him into custody.

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Rickey Bates, 39, was booked into the Metro Nashville Jail on June 5th, charged with domestic assault with bodily injury ($2,500 bond) and interference with a 911 call ($1,000 bond). He is free on a $3,500 bond to his SkyHouse Nashville address.

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  1. DDDDDuane

    YESSSSS….
    Rickey (mystery meat)Bates punched her in the face by ACCIDENT!!!!!
    He Din Du No NUFFINS!!!!!

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