Angelina County JP sets bond at $500K in throat slasher case

Angelina County JP sets bond at $500K in throat slasher case

ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - After giving her a ride to a nearby restroom, a Huntington man allegedly grabbed a Lufkin woman by the hair, dragged her out of his pickup, and cut her neck and throat Wednesday.

Jeremy Ayres, 25, of Huntington, is still being held in the Angelina County Jail on an aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charge, which is a second-degree felony. His bond has been set at $500,000, according to jail records.

"We're still looking at why he did it," said Sgt. Mike Jones of the Angelina County Sheriff's Office.

The victim was listed in "good' condition at a Lufkin hospital.

The arrest affidavit stated that ASCO deputies went to 160 Pine Island Road in Angelina County in response to a call about a possible aggravated assault victim. When the officers arrived on the scene, they found the victim lying on the ground. She had obvious knife wounds on her throat and neck.

The victim told the ACSO deputies that she was out walking when she caught a ride from an unknown man driving a red pickup, the affidavit stated. At the scene, the witnesses who found the victim gave the deputies a description of the truck, along with the white male who was driving and the woman riding with him.

When interviewed by investigators, the victim picked the suspect out of a photo lineup containing five other men with similar facial characteristics, stating that Ayres was the man who cut her neck and throat, the affidavit stated. The woman told detectives that Ayres picked her up, and they drove down the road to use the restroom.

After Ayres got out of the pickup to go to the bathroom, he allegedly reached through the driver's door of the truck, dragged the woman outside, and used a knife to cut her neck and throat. According to the affidavit, Ayres then dropped the victim on the ground and drove away in his pickup.

ACSO deputies picked Ayres up on an arrest warrant some time later and transported him to the Angelina County Jail.

When asked why the bond was set so high, Pct. 1 Justice of the Peace Billy Ball said that aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charge is a serious one. He said he has seen a picture of the victim's injuries, adding, "She's lucky to be alive."

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