Huntington fugitive who assaulted wife with long sword, meth pipe arrested

James Fetzer (Source: Angelina County Jail)
James Fetzer (Source: Angelina County Jail)

ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - An alert Angelina County Sheriff's deputy caught a 42-year-old Huntington man who threatened his wife with a long sword before he hit her with a meth pipe and fists in March 2013.

James Christopher Fetzer, who was arrested late Monday night, pleaded guilty to a second-degree felony charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charge back in January. However, he was a no-show for his sentencing hearing on April 7.

Fetzer is still being held in the Angelina County Jail on two second-degree felony aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charges and a third-degree felony possession of a controlled substance charge. Collectively, his bail has been set at $64,000.

According to the ACSO incident report, a deputy was on patrol along US. 69 South when he spotted a vehicle parked in a commercial driveway and went to check it out because he knew that it was normally driven by Fetzer. The deputy confirmed that the driver was indeed Fetzer and arrested him on outstanding warrants.

Fetzer was allegedly found to be in possession of a 1.2 grams of a crystal-like substance that field-tested positive as methamphetamine.

According to the arrest affidavit, Fetzer went to his home in the 1100 block of Twin Oaks on Jan. 13 after being gone for several days. His wife met him in the yard and asked him not to come inside and start any arguments with her because their 7-year-old daughter and three of her friends were inside.

Fetzer left the property and returned a short time later with a long sword, according to the arrest affidavit. He allegedly entered the home, placed the sword against his wife's throat, and applied enough pressure that the woman could not breathe or yell for help. The only reason that Fetzer stopped was that the little girls in the home started screaming, according to the affidavit.

Then, throughout the rest of the day and the following night, Fetzer and his wife argued over his infidelity. According to the arrest report, Fetzer started hitting her in the head with a meth pipe because he wanted her "to smoke meth and have sex with him."

In addition, Fetzer punched his wife in the face and chest 5-10 times. Fetzer's wife suffered with two black eyes and bruises on her chest as a result of the beating.

Angelina County Sheriff Greg Sanches said that Fetzer resisted arrest when ACSO deputies went to pick him up on the aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charge. He said no further details were available on what happened.

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