Panama City Man Arrested For Battery

PANAMA CITY-- A Panama City man is in jail facing battery charges.

Police arrested 38 year old Kevin Richard Hicks Monday.

Deputies were following up on a battery complaint made by the victim who said she and Hicks were arguing when he followed her into the bathroom and would not let her leave.

The victim claims Hicks strangled her and hit her head against the toilet several times in front of the couple's 4 year old.

Authorities say Hicks took the child and barricaded himself in a bedroom while the mother called for help.

They say hicks told them he had a sword and was not coming out without a fight.

Deputies were able to talk Hicks into surrendering.

The child was not hurt.

Hicks is charged with felony battery by strangulation, domestic battery, mental child abuse, and three counts of resisting an officer without violence.