Affidavit: Douglass resident hit man in head with baseball bat - KTRE.com | Lufkin and Nacogdoches, Texas

Affidavit: Douglass resident hit man in head with baseball bat

James Choate (Source: Nacogdoches County Jail) James Choate (Source: Nacogdoches County Jail)

Deputies from the Nacogdoches Police Department arrested a 49-year-old Douglass man for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon for allegedly hitting a man in the forehead with a baseball bat Sunday.

James Andrew Choate Jr. is still being held in the Nacogdoches County Jail on a second-degree felony aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charge. His bail has been set at $10,000.

According to the arrest affidavit, a Nacogdoches County Sheriff's deputy was dispatched out to a disturbance on FM 343 involving a weapon at approximately 6:18 p.m. Sunday. While the deputy was on his way to the scene, he was told that the suspect lived at the corner house and drove a green pick-up.

When the deputy got to FM 343, he found the house and the green pick-up. A man, who was later identified as Choate, was standing in the side yard.

Choate told the deputy that he had struck the victim in the forehead with a baseball bat after he told the man to leave his property, and he refused, according to the affidavit. Choate allegedly admitted that the victim was not an immediate threat to him and didn't have a weapon.

According to the affidavit, Choate also admitted that he has a phone, and he could have contacted law enforcement to assist him with the alleged trespass.

The baseball bat was collected as evidence.

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