Lufkin Police make arrest in May bottle attacks

Keith King mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail.
Keith King mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail.

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - LUFKIN, Texas (KTRE) - Lufkin Police have made an arrest in connection to two brutal attacks with a beer bottle in May. Police have obtained a warrant for a second arrest.

Keith Allen King, 21, of Lufkin, is charged with aggravated assault and aggravated robbery. Police also have a warrant for Kevin Phillip Ledet, 30, of Lufkin.

According to the report, around midnight on May 8, a 43-year-old man was walking in the 800 block of North Raguet Street when the suspects stopped their vehicle near him, asked the victim a question to bring him closer to their vehicle, and then used a beer bottle to strike the victim's face, causing a laceration below his eye.

The second victim, a 45-year-old man, was walking in the 900 block of Weaver Avenue when he was attacked in a manner similar to the first attack, causing massive facial injuries, including lacerations and bone fractures, and rendering the victim unconscious, according to the report. The pair also stole his cell phone, according to the report.

Witness-provided information and DNA evidence collected from the crime scenes assisted detectives in identifying the suspects as Ledet and King.  On Wednesday, the investigating detectives obtained warrants for the arrest of Ledet and King, each for the offenses of aggravated assault and aggravated robbery.

King surrendered to a detective at the Angelina County Jail on Thursday.

Police spokesman Det. J.B. Smith credited the detectives' persistence in the case.

"We live in a fast-paced society full of instant-on and instant gratification but, despite what TV shows have taught us to expect, criminal investigations don't always move as quickly," Smith said. "The general public may forget about a particular case if an arrest isn't made right away, but law enforcement does not.  This case is a good example of that; Detective Lance Standridge and Detective Brad Havard didn't give up and used every resource available to them to bring the assailants to justice on behalf of the victims."

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