ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Angelina County Sheriff's deputies arrested a 33-year-old man on April 17 in connection to allegations that he used a metal flashlight to strike his housemate in the head several times.
The suspect's pit bull terrier also allegedly bit the victim on the leg and started dragging him across the room.
Jeffery Lynn Mills, of Hudson, was booked into the Angelina County jail on a second-degree felony aggravated assault charge. He was released from the jail Saturday after he posted a bail amount of $10,000.
According to the arrest affidavit, the incident occurred at about 5 a.m. on Feb. 23. In the affidavit, an ACSO detective stated that he took over the investigation from a deputy, who had gone to CHI St. Luke's Memorial Hospital to talk to the alleged victim of the assault.
The victim told the deputy that Mills had hit him several times in the head with an unknown object, causing injuries that required eight staples, the affidavit stated. In addition, the victim told the deputy that Mills' pit bull bit him in the leg and that wound needed three stitches.
Later that day, the detective interviewed Mills, who claimed he had attacked the victim in self-defense, the affidavit stated. Mills allegedly told the deputy that the victim and another man had been about to assault him at their shared residence in the 100 block of Boardwalk Street.
According to the affidavit, Mills told the detective that he confronted the two men about some of his property that had been stolen, and they started acting aggressively toward him. Mills told the detective that he pulled his flashlight out of his pocket and began to hit the victim with it in an effort to get away. Then he allegedly fled the scene and tossed the flashlight into the woods near his house.
Then the detective interviewed the victim, the man explained that he and another man were sitting out the couch in the residence on Boardwalk Street when Mills came into the room and started yelling about someone stealing his property, the affidavit.
The victim told the detective that Mills, who was acting aggressively toward him, lunged at him, pulled his hood over his head, and started hitting with an unknown object, the affidavit stated. At that point, Mills' pit bull entered the room and bit him on the leg.
The other man in the house at the time of the alleged assault backed up the victim's account of what had happened, the affidavit stated. He also said that the pit bull has begun to drag the victim across the room when he pulled the animal off the other man.
On March 9, the detective interviewed the victim's wife, who also told the same version of what had happened, the affidavit stated. She said that Mills was the aggressor and that he had been yelling about some stolen knives when he attacked her husband, the affidavit stated.