ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Deputies with the Angelina County Sheriff's Office arrested a 31-year-old man Thursday in connection to allegations that he sexually assaulted his ex-girlfriend and tried to strangle her.
Seferino Zavala III, of Lufkin, was arrested and charged with a second-degree felony sexual assault charge. He has since been released from the Angelina County jail after he posted an unspecified bail amount.
According to the arrest affidavit, the alleged victim went to the sheriff's office on Thursday to report that she had been sexually assaulted by Zavala, her ex-boyfriend. She told the deputies that she went to the sheriff's office because Zavala had stolen her phone, the affidavit stated.
The woman told the deputy that after she and Zavala broke up several weeks ago, she moved to a different residence. According to the affidavit, she told the deputy that some of her belongings were still at Zavala's residence.
Wednesday night, Zavala called the woman and told her to come to his home, which is located in the 200 block of Stubblefield Drive to pick up the rest of her things.
The alleged victim did so, and while she was there, Zavala started talking about their relationship. When she told him she was done with the relationship, he became aggressive, the affidavit stated.
After a heated argument, the woman gave up on getting her things and told Zavala that she was going to leave. He allegedly pushed her onto the bed and said, "You're not going anywhere."
The alleged victim tried to calm Zavala down, so she could leave, but he became angrier, the affidavit stated.
Zavala allegedly told the woman, "I f---ing love you" and "You want to leave and f--- up my life?"
At one point, Zavala threw his television down the hall, and out of fear for her safety, the alleged victim stopped trying to convince him to let her go, the affidavit stated.
When the woman sat down on the bed, Zavala allegedly started trying to get her to have sex with him. Even though the alleged victim told him that she didn't want to have sex with him, Zavala started kissing her on the neck and attempted to take off her clothes.
The woman tried to push Zavala away, and he became more forceful, the affidavit stated. He allegedly removed her clothes and sexually assaulted her. During the alleged assault, Zavala put one of his hands behind her head and the other on her throat and started to apply pressure, causing her to have shortness of breath and become light headed, the affidavit stated.
The alleged victim told the deputy that after Zavala finished sexually assaulting her, she lay there waiting for him to fall asleep, so she could safely leave his home. Instead, she fell asleep, too, the affidavit stated.
When the woman woke up, it was the morning of the next day. As she was getting dressed, she dropped her belt on the ground, and it woke Zavala up, the affidavit stated. He allegedly pushed her onto the bed, overpowered her, and took her phone.
At that point, the alleged victim was able to get away from Zavala, and she fled from his residence.
On Nov. 19, a SANE nurse performed an exam on the woman and found injuries consistent with her allegations that Zavala had sexually assaulted her.