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Affidavit: Lufkin man threw woman onto couch, sexually assaulted her

Erik Gomes--Rodrigues (Source: Angelina County Jail) Erik Gomes--Rodrigues (Source: Angelina County Jail)
LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) -

Editor's Note: The following story contains graphic sexual language.

Angelina County Sheriff's deputies arrested a 24-year-old man on a sexual assault charge Sunday in connection to allegations that he beat up a female acquaintance and sexually assaulted her at a residence in the 2500 block of East Lufkin Avenue on Sept. 1.

Erik Gomez-Rodrigues, of Lufkin, was booked into the Angelina county jail on a second-degree felony charge of sexual assault. No bail amount had been set as of 12:00 p.m. Monday.

According to the Angelina County Sheriff's Office daily activity report, ACSO deputies picked Gomez-Rodrigues up on the outstanding sexual assault charge from the Lufkin Police Department at 8:22 a.m. Sunday after they went to a residence on South First Street to serve a protective order.

An arrest affidavit stated that an LPD detective went to a house in the 2500 block of East Lufkin Avenue in reference to a sexual assault. The victim told the detective that Gomez-Rodrigues had come to her house to bring her something to eat after he had been drinking.

After the woman and Gomez-Rodrigues got into an argument, he allegedly grabbed her by the face and threw her onto the couch several times. One of the times, her head hit a wooden support inside the couch.

When the woman threatened to call someone, Gomez-Rodrigues allegedly grabbed her phone and dialed 911. The victim told the detective that she told the 911 operator that she had dial the number by accident because she was scared. The affidavit stated that Gomez-Rodrigues told her that if he went to jail, he would come back to her house after he got out and then threw the phone across the room.

Then Gomez-Rodrigues forcibly undressed the woman and got undressed as well before he sexually assaulted her, the affidavit stated. Gomes-Rodrigues also allegedly forced the woman to perform oral sex on him.

When the victim asked Gomes-Rodrigues if he would want what he was doing to her to happen to his sisters, he allegedly told her that she'd “better watch out,” or something similar could happen to her 14-year-old daughter. The woman told the police that Gomes-Rodrigues led her to believe that he would sexually assault her daughter if she didn't cooperate with him, the affidavit stated.

Later, when the victim told Gomes-Rodrigues to leave, he pushed her into a nearby dresser, the affidavit stated. When the detective talked to her, she had visible marks on her back.

The affidavit stated that after the victim slapped Gomes-Rodrigues, he slapped her back.

When the woman walked out into her living room, she saw her car keys near the TV. She pressed the panic button on her key fob for the residential alarm. A few minutes later, her cell phone started to ring.

After the victim located her phone, she told the operator that she needed help and that her attacker was still in the room with her. Gomes-Rodrigues allegedly heard that part of the phone conversation and was fully dressed when Lufkin Police officers arrived on the scene.

When the LPD detective talked to Gomes-Rodrigues at the jail a short time later, the suspect relayed a very similar story to the one that the alleged victim. However, Gomes-Rodrigues said the sex was consensual and admitted to ripping the woman's panties off during the intercourse.

The victim was taken for a SANE exam, and the nurse told the detective that the woman had injuries that could be consistent with sexual assault.

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