SAN AUGUSTINE COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Extensive interviews by the San Augustine County Sheriff's Office revealed that the Grand Prairie man who allegedly took his grandmother's car without permission, drove to San Augustine, and stabbed his cousin did so because he was hoping to steal the man's late model Dodge Charger.
"He was after his cousin's late-model Dodge Charger with custom rims," Chief Deputy Gary Cunningham of the San Augustine County Sheriff's Office said. "It's a clear case of attempted murder - he was trying to eliminate the witness to his burglary."
Milton Burrell is still being held in the San Augustine County Jail on felony charges of attempted murder, burglary of a habitation with the intent to commit another felony, and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. He has also been charged with evading arrest/detention, a Class A misdemeanor. Collectively, his bond has been set at $125,000.
Cunningham said although Burrell took his grandmother's 1988 Cadillac without permission and drove it to San Augustine County's Robertson community Tuesday, she does not want to press charges against him. Thursday, San Augustine County Sheriff David Smith said he was dispatched to the cousin's residence at about 8:30 a.m.
According to Smith, Burrell climbed in through a window at his cousin's residence. Cunningham said he took the man's car keys and cell phone. Then, Burrell allegedly grabbed a kitchen knife and went into the bedroom where his cousin was sleeping.
Smith said when Burrell tried to stab his cousin the first time, he grazed the other man's side, waking him up enough that he jumped out of the bed.
The two men struggled over the knife, and the cousin received a cut to his bottom lip and a small puncture wound on his jaw. At some point during the scuffle, the knife got broken, and the cousin managed to fight Burrell off long enough to escape to a neighbor's house, where he called 911. The cousin also received several abrasions, and judging by the Burrell's mug shot, he didn't emerge from the fight unscathed.
Both men wound up seeking treatment at a San Augustine hospital, and Burrell wasn't able to steal his cousin's Dodge Charger. The cousin's injuries required numerous stitches.
Smith said that his deputies initially arrested Burrell at the hospital on the outstanding evading arrest warrant from Grand Prairie. He said the SACSO added the additional charges after Burrell was taken to the jail.