CROCKETT, TX (KTRE) - Officers with the Crockett Police Department arrested a 24-year-old man early Saturday morning after he allegedly went on a violent rampage against his grandparents because they wanted to take his children to another relative's house.
The man's rampage allegedly included punching both people and throwing a "heavy duty" vacuum cleaner at his grandmother.
Devundrick Jacoby Harris, of Crockett, is still being held in the Houston County Jail on two first-degree aggravated assault-family member with a deadly weapon charges, two second-degree felony endangering a child charges, and two third-degree felony injury to the elderly charges.
According to the arrest affidavit, a Crockett PD officer was dispatched to the 100 block of Sowescor Street at about 12:57 a.m. Saturday to check out a disturbance. Houston County dispatch told him that the suspect had left the scene on foot after he allegedly assaulted his grandparents.
The affidavit stated that the CPD officer spotted the suspect, who was later identified as Harris, walking down Sowescor Street. Harris had a cut over his right eye and another one on his right hand. An off-duty officer waited with Harris while the responding officer went to the complainant and the alleged victims.
When the CPD officer got to the home on Sowescor Street, he found a 67-year-old man standing on the porch. The man had a cut on one of his fingers and another one on his wrist. He also noticed a 64-year-old woman standing near the front door of the home and that she had blood dripping on to her chest from her left cheek, the affidavit stated.
The woman told the Crockett PD officer that when she started to take her two great-grandchildren to their grandparents' home at Pine Ridge Manor, Harris "got really upset and irate" and started cursing her and her husband, the affidavit stated. Harris allegedly shouted that they weren't going to take the children anywhere.
Harris followed the woman when she started walking toward her bedroom. Then her grandson picked up a "heavy duty" vacuum cleaner and threw it at her, the affidavit stated. The vacuum cleaner allegedly hit the woman in her arms because she was trying to keep it from hitting her in the face.
At that point, the woman's husband approached Harris and told him to stop. When the man tried to push Harris out of the house, Harris refused and struck him in the stomach several times, the affidavit stated.
As soon as Harris walked out of the house, the grandmother told her 18-year-old granddaughter to call the police. While the young woman was on the phone, Harris walked back in and asked if they were calling the police, the affidavit stated.
Harris allegedly grabbed a glass bottle with a brown top from an end table in the living room and struck the young woman on top of the head. According to the affidavit, the Crockett Police officer noticed a bump on the woman's head.
The grandmother told police that after Harris struck her granddaughter with the bottle, he grabbed a blue lamp off of the same end table and used it to hit her in the head several times, the affidavit stated. Eventually, she was able to wrestle the lamp away from him and hit him on the right side of the face near his eye.
After Harris allegedly hit his grandmother with the lamp, he left the house again.
The grandmother told the CPD officer that the children were behind her during the initial fight between them and Harris. Then they moved into the living room, the affidavit stated.
According to the affidavit, the Crockett PD officer arrested Harris after he determined the man was the main aggressor in the incident.