For the second time in less than a week, a 50-year-old Huntington man is in jail on a felony stalking charge.
Kenneth Ray Hale was arrested by the Angelina County Sheriff's Office Thursday after he allegedly showed up at his ex-girlfriend's place of employment and followed her on U.S. Highway 69 South in two separate incidents.
Hale is being held in the Angelina County Jail. No bond has been set at this time.
The Huntington man was initially arrested for stalking on Sept. 22. However, according to Huntington Police Chief Bobby Epperly, Hale was released from the jail on Sept. 24 without having to post a bond after Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Billy Ball found a technicality in the initial probable cause affidavit.
According to the arrest affidavit, the complainant is a Huntington woman whose husband is currently incarcerated in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice prison system. Hale is the man's brother, the woman told law enforcement officers that she and Hale had been dating and had recently separated.
She told ACSO Investigator Chris Wade that early in the morning on the day after Hale was released from the Angelina County Jail, she was traveling north on Highway 69 when she noticed that her ex-boyfriend was following her. The affidavit stated that when she turned onto Loop 287 and stayed on the feeder road to Ford Chapel Road, Hale allegedly passed her and blocked the road in front of her.
At that point, the woman passed Hale and turned right on Ford Chapel Road. She told the ACSO investigator that she was on the phone with a 911 dispatcher when this occurred.
After noticing Hale speeding up behind her, the woman turned onto Renfro Street in an attempt to make to the Sheriff's Office. However, at the intersection of Renfro Street and Lufkin Avenue, a car was stopped ahead of her, and she had to stop as well. Hale allegedly jumped out of his vehicle, ran up to the driver's side of her car, and tried to open the door, which was locked. She also told the investigator that he was yelling at her to roll her window down.
The woman managed to make it to safety inside the Angelina County Sheriff's Office after the car in front of her pulled onto Lufkin Avenue. Hale then allegedly went up to an ACSO dispatcher who was standing outside and asked her, "Where is the girl in the white car?" He asked about his ex-girlfriend several times, and the dispatcher told him she didn't know.
The affidavit listed another incident that occurred on Sept. 22. Hale allegedly showed up at the woman's place of employment. He was outside, and he walked up to the window where she was standing.
"She stated that he said, ‘I love you and want to be with you,'" the affidavit said.
After she told him that she was going to call the police, he allegedly said, "If you call the police, I will kill your mother- (expletive) (expletive)." The affidavit stated he ran off when he saw that she was dialing the phone.
"When Inv. Wade was speaking with (the complainant), she advised that she is very scared of Kenneth, and stated that on more than one occasion, he has told her that if he could not be with her, no one could, and he would kill her if she ever left him," the affidavit stated.
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