Police: NC man hits woman with frying pan

Robert Shawn Donovan and Peggy Ann Perez

November 7, 2011 4:30:49 PM PST
Authorities have arrested a North Carolina man after he allegedly hit a woman in the head with a frying pan.

They said 44-year-old Robert Shawn Donovan of Fayetteville called 911 Sunday evening after he allegedly struck 36-year old Peggy Ann Perez.

The incident stemmed from an argument between the pair.

Authorities said it started when Perez threw a grape jelly jar at Donovan's head after he told her she could not take his bags while she packed to leave. Donovan then allegedly picked up a frying pan and struck her on the head.

Perez fell to the floor and was not moving. Perez, who was recently in a car accident and suffered a broken leg, was taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center. She was diagnosed with a concussion, but refused treatment.

Detectives charged Donovan with assault with a deadly weapon and assault on a female. He was released from the Cumberland County Detention Center after posting bond.

This story is from our sister station, WTVD-TV in Raleigh-Durham.