Bella Vista Police: Aggravated Assault Suspect Taken Into Custody

BELLA VISTA (KFSM) -- A man accused of beating a woman in Bella Vista is now in custody, according to Bella Vista police.

Cody Anderson, 29, was taken into custody by Fayetteville police after they received a tip on his whereabouts.

Anderson is now facing multiple charges, including aggravated assault.

"I never thought that I would walk into what I walked into last night," the victim's daughter Lacy Laughter said.

Laughter said she received a phone call from Anderson saying he was leaving her mother's house and that she needed her.

"And when I opened the front door, I was immediately engulfed with the smell of gasoline," Laughter said.

She said she found her mother in bed and covered in blood.

"I had to force myself to pull the blankets back from my mom to see where she was bleeding from for the 911 operator," she said. "I was terrified. I wasn't sure what I was going to find under there."

Laughter said her mother told her Anderson beat her with a two by six and then poured gasoline on her. She explained that her mother was helping Anderson with a place to stay.

Now while she waits for her mother to come out of surgery, she said she only has one thing to say to Anderson.

"Turn yourself in," she said. "If you haven't done something to yourself, just turn yourself in before it is any worse because we are going to find you. You will pay for this, there is no escaping. No one is sweeping this one under the rug."

Laughter said she is not sure when her mother will come out of surgery, but that they had to transfer her to a hospital in Little Rock to receive the help she needs.