CROCKETT, TX (KTRE) - A Houston County grand jury indicted a 24-year-old Crockett man in connection to allegations that he beat his ex-wife's male companion with a pair of yellow-handled pliers back in June.
Jose Jeovanny Lemus was indicted on a second-degree felony aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charge. He was among the 17 people indicted by a Houston County grand jury on Aug. 28. The list of indictments was released Friday.
When Lemus was arrested in June, he was also charged with Class A misdemeanor criminal mischief.
According to the arrest affidavit, a Crockett PD officer was dispatched to the 100 block of Barnhill Drive in reference to a disturbance at about 9:57 p.m. When he got to the scene, he made contact with the 28-year-old victim, who was covered in blood.
The victim had four cuts on his head, including one on his upper lip, above his right eye, above his left eye, and one on the back of his head, the affidavit stated. After the victim was transported to the Houston County emergency room, he received stitches in all four cuts.
While he was at the scene, the Crockett PD officer talked to Lemus' ex-wife. According to the affidavit, she told the officer that when she and the victim returned from a store, they found Lemus standing next to her 1991 Honda, which was parked in front of her home on Barnhill Drive.
The woman told the officer that she told the victim not to stop, and they continued around the block. Then Lemus followed them in his pickup and pulled in front of them, so he could block them, the affidavit stated.
At that point, Lemus allegedly got out of his truck, opened the driver's side door of the victim's vehicle, and started hitting the victim with a pair of pliers with yellow handles the affidavit stated. The woman tried to separate the two men and screamed for help.
Lemus fled the scene in his pickup, the affidavit stated. The ex-wife described Lemus' pickup as a white 1998 to 3000 Ford F-150 extended cab with gold trim.
During the Crockett PD officer's investigation of the assault, the woman learned from her son that Lemus had messed with her Honda. The affidavit stated that the car had fresh scratches on the back left and right quarter panels and the trunk.
"It appeared to have been keyed, and there was fresh paint scraping on the scratches," the affidavit stated.
When they raised the car's hood, they found that the negative cable had been removed from the battery, disabling the vehicle, the affidavit stated.
Later that night, the Crockett PD officer spotted Lemus' pickup going in town on 4th Street and pulled it over. According to the affidavit, the officer observed an open bottle of Corona on the pickup's front floorboard.
Once the officer took Lemus into custody, he noticed dried blood inside his ears and several spots of blood on the suspect's face. When the officer asked Lemus if he had been involved in an assault on Barnhill Drive, he allegedly denied it and also said it had been a long time since he had been in a fight.
At a question about the blood on his face and in his ears, Lemus told the officer it was from cooking earlier that evening, the affidavit stated.