LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Lufkin Police arrested a Nacogdoches man who is accused of barging into his ex-girlfriend's home and threatened her early Monday.
Edward Charles Roberts, 53, is charged with third-degree stalking.
According to the police report, officers responded to the 1800 block of Wood Street at 7:45 a.m. According to the victims, Roberts knocked on the door and his ex-girlfriend's current boyfriend opened the door just a little bit and saw that it was Roberts. He tried to shut the front door and Roberts ducked his shoulder into the door and pushed it open, according to the report.
The boyfriend said Roberts took an aggressive posture to him, so the boyfriend ran out the back door and into his father's house, which was directly behind his, and got a baseball bat.
The boyfriend said when he returned, Roberts had his ex-girlfriend against the wall. When he saw the boyfriend with the baseball bat, he ran out the front door.
The ex-girlfriend said used to have a relationship with Roberts and he could not accept the fact that the relationship was over. She said she told him to leave on Sept. 22 and not come back to the house and a police officer wrote him a criminal trespass warning for the residence. Roberts was arrested on Oct. 10 for violating the warning.
She said when Roberts cornered her into the wall, that he said she would never see her kids again and said, "You think you can replace me?" before her boyfriend came back with the bat.
Roberts is being held in the Angelina County Jail on a $50,000 bail.
An angry ex-boyfriend is behind bars tonight after continually stalking is former girlfriend. The woman told police the stalking is an ongoing problem, and she just doesn't understand why he will not leave her alone, which raises the question - what resources are available to victims of stalking?
This isn't the first time Roberts has gone by the woman's house uninvited, and she's not alone. Fifty-nine percent of women in the U.S. are stalked by an intimate partner, and only 28 percent of female victims get a protective order.
Nacogdoches County Attorney John Fleming said if this happens to you, you can get a protective order to protect yourself from a stalker.
"The violation of the protective order in of itself is a criminal offense," Fleming said. "It's a class a misdemeanor that can land someone in jail for up to a year, plus there's up to a $4,000 fine.
Fleming said getting a protective order against someone like Roberts sends a message.
"Get notice to the person who is threatening you, or the person who has assaulted you in the past, that you're taking action, that you're not sitting by idly waiting or the offender to strike again," Fleming said.
A person needs to meet specific criteria to apply for a protective order, according to Lori Coons, a counselor with the Family Crisis Center. She added that the best place to start the process is the Family Crisis Center of East Texas.
"We offer here at the shelter a safety plan for any kind of situation like that if you are not safe in your own home, if you're not safe in your surroundings," Coon said.
More importantly, the folks at the Family Crisis Center offer support, so that you don't have to feel alone in the situation.