ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Angelina County Sheriff's deputies arrested a 30-year-old Lufkin man after he allegedly got into an argument with his brother on Dec. 15 and beat him with an axe handle before assaulting his other brother with the same weapon.
Later in the disturbance, the man tried to run the first brother over with his vehicle.
Jason Vollie McMullen was booked into the Angelina County Jail on Monday on a second-degree felony charge of aggravated assault of a family member with a weapon. He posted a bail amount of $10,000 and was released later that day.
According to the arrest affidavit, ACSO deputies were dispatched out to Jason McMullen's residence on C.D. Road on Dec. 15 in reference to a disturbance in progress. When the deputies arrived on the scene, they found that Jason McMullen's brother, Michael McMullen, had gone to the residence on C.D. Road to question his partner, Alan Forsythe.
“Michael believed that Alan had been in Michael's vehicle earlier in the day without [his] permission,” the affidavit stated. “Michael was attempting to tell Alan to stay off his property and to stay out of his vehicle(s).”
At that point, Michael McMullen got into an argument with Forsythe. The affidavit stated that Jason McMullen ran out of his house and hit his brother, starting a fight. Multiple witnesses told the deputies that they saw Jason McMullen and Forsythe hit Michael McMullen several times while Forsythe held him down on the ground.
During the fight, Jason McMullen hit his brother in the head with a wooden axe handle, causing serious injury, the affidavit stated. After Michael McMullen was able to get away from the two men, he started walking toward his house. On the way, he flagged down his other brother, Curtis McMullen.
Curtis McMullen told the deputies that when he got out of his vehicle, he noticed that Michael McMullen was bleeding “profusely.” When Curtis McMullen confronted Jason McMullen about his other brother's injuries him attacked his other brother with the axe handle as well, the affidavit stated.
Despite the fact that Curtis McMullen managed to disarm his brother and throw the axe handle to the ground, Jason McMullen allegedly continued to charge at his brother and try to hit him, the affidavit stated. At that point, Michael McMullen picked up the axe handle and hit Jason McMullen with it.
When Curtis and Michael McMullen attempted to leave the scene, Jason McMullen told Forsythe to get into their vehicle and “run them over,” the affidavit stated. Witnesses said after Forsythe appeared to get the vehicle stuck in the yard, Jason McMullen pulled his partner from the vehicle, got into the driver's seat, and chased Michael McMullen around his brother's yard.
Eventually, Jason McMullen struck his brother with the front of the vehicle, knocking him to the ground, the affidavit stated. Michael managed to run between two of his own parked vehicles. The affidavit said that Jason McMullen kept trying to hit his brother with the vehicle, striking the two parked vehicles in the process.
A short time later, Jason McMullen and Forsythe got into their truck and tried to leave the area. However, law enforcement officers stopped them at the end of the road, the affidavit stated.
Witness statements taken by the deputies backed up Michael and Curtis McMullen's versions of what had happened, according to the affidavit. The affidavit also stated that the witnesses both described Jason McMullen as the “aggressor” in the incident.