Police: Truck dispute leads to Zavalla man injuring child

HUNTINGTON, TX (KTRE) - A civil matter led to a criminal one Wednesday afternoon after a man injured a girl in attempt to get a vehicle he had partial rights to, according to Huntington Police.

Lt. Arthur Alvarez said the suspect, Danny Ray Abbott, 42, had visited with police about getting his truck back from his ex-girlfriend. Police looked up the records and saw that the title was in both he and his ex's name and he had just as much of a right to it as she did.

Alvarez said Abbott asked if it were against the law if he took the truck if he saw it parked on public property. Alvarez said they warned him that it was not a good idea, but he did have a right to.

On Wednesday, the ex was riding in the truck with four other people and he called her and she realized she was being followed. She drove directly to Huntington City Hall, around 2:50 p.m., and went inside to report it to police. She then told her 14-year-old daughter to get the keys out of the vehicle.

When the daughter did, Abbott pinned her down in the vehicle and squeezed her hand to try to get the keys, Alvarez said. The girl then gave the keys to her mother, and the mother gave them to Abbott.

Abbott drove off in the pickup toward Zavalla before Alvarez could arrive, he said. When Alvarez arrived at city hall, he noticed that the girl's hand was already swelling from the struggle. So he called Zavalla Police and asked that they stop him as he came into town.

Zavalla Police took Abbott into custody and Huntington Police charged him with injury to a child.

Abbott posted a $3,500 bond on Thursday.

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