CROCKETT, TX (KTRE) - Officers with the Crockett Police Department arrested a 52-year-old woman on Saturday in connection to allegations that she used a baseball bat to hit a man in the head, side, and left arm after an argument over $20.
Mary Harris, of Crockett, was arrested and charged with felony aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
According to a press release, Crockett PD officers were dispatched out to the 500 block of Cottonwood in reference to an assault. When they got there, they found the 63-year-old alleged victim, who was bleeding from the head and had other injuries to his arm and the left side of his chest.
The man identified Harris as the suspect. During their investigation, the CPD officers spoke with a witness, who said that Harris and the alleged victim were having an argument when Harris picked up a baseball bat and began hitting the man with it, the press release stated.
When the officers spoke to Harris, she told them that when she and the victim got into an argument over money, the man picked up a shovel and hit her with it. She told the officers that she picked up a baseball bat and began hitting him with it.
"Harris stated that she was hit in three different spots on her head with the shovel but showed no signs of being hit," the affidavit stated.
The affidavit also stated that Harris was sweating profusely and smelled of alcohol.
Harris told the CPD officers that she and the man had an off-and-on dating relationship for eight years and that they "got into it" because the man owed her $20 for washing and folding some clothes for her.
When the officers spoke to the victim, he said that Harris got mad him because he hadn't paid her yet, picked up the bat, and started hitting her with it, the press release stated. The victim told the officers that he grabbed a shovel from the back of his truck and held it up in self-defense.
According to the affidavit, the man had a cut on the right side of his head, along with welts on his left arm and on his rib cage area.
One of the officers found the shovel that the victim used to defend himself, along with the aluminum bat Harris allegedly used to assault him. The affidavit stated that the bat had a slight bend in it that made the officer believe it was hit against something.
The witness told police that the victim didn't have the shovel in his hands until after he had been hit several times and that he could hear the noise from the baseball bat blows a block away. Three other witnesses confirmed that Harris used the bat to assault the victim and that he only used the shovel to defend himself, the affidavit stated.