LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - After he was released from the Lufkin hospital where he was treated for injuries he received in an altercation Thursday afternoon, the man accused of biting a witness who tried to stop him from stealing an electronic tablet was arrested on a felony burglary charge.
Jose Buenrostro, 20, is still being held in the Angelina County Jail on a burglary of a habitation charge. His bond has been set at $75,000.
He was taken into custody late Thursday for an arrest warrant issued in connection to a burglary that allegedly occurred in the 1100 block of Moss Drive at about 2 a.m. Monday. Buenrostro allegedly forced entry into the residence of a past female acquaintance, according to Detective J.B. Smith, a spokesman for the Lufkin Police Department.
Earlier Thursday, Buenrostro got into a fight with Marco Antonio Marines, 31, on East Kerr Avenue. At some point in the scuffle, Marines struck Buenrostro repeatedly with a stick, causing cuts, scrapes, and bruises to Buenrostro's head, arm, and shoulder. After getting struck several times, Buenrostro fled into the garage of a nearby residence.
Later, an unidentified witness spotted Marines' vehicle on Ellis Avenue, and an LPD officer spotted Marines walking down the same street. When the officer stopped, Marines approached him and admitted that he had just been in a disturbance in the area of East Kerr Avenue.
Smith said that Marines told Lufkin Police officers that he had been driving through the Kerr Avenue area when he saw Buenrostro outside of a residence. He then stopped to confront him about another crime that he believed Buenrostro had committed.
Marines was taken into custody for questioning and was later arrested on a felony charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He is still being held in the Angelina County Jail, and no bond has been set at this time.
Buenrostro was arrested on Tuesday after he tried to steal a Samsung tablet from a man who was getting a refill at a Lufkin McDonald's on the 1100 block of South Timberland Drive.
Witnesses tried to stop Buenrostro, but he bit one of them before he was arrested.