Lufkin man accepts plea deal for punching sister, threatening to kill her over rent

Lufkin man accepts plea deal for punching sister, threatening to kill her over rent

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A Lufkin man who punched his sister and threatened to kill her with a piece of metal bed frame back in April 2015 accepted a plea bargain deal of two years of deferred adjudication.

Francisco Antonio Araujo, 48, appeared in Judge Gerald Goodwin's "rocket docket" courtroom Friday. He was originally charged with third-degree aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and as part of the plea deal, he pleaded guilty to a Class A misdemeanor assault charge.

According to the narrative from the Lufkin Police Department, two LPD officers were dispatched to an apartment in the 1600 block of East Denman Avenue at about 12:07 p.m. on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 in reference to an assault in progress.

When the LPD officers got to the scene, they found the victim and Araujo's wife standing in the apartment complex's parking lot. One of the officers noticed a red mark beginning to form on the victim's cheek, but had trouble communicating with her about what had happened because of a language barrier, the narrative stated.

However, Araujo's wife was able to help until a translator could arrive. Later, a Lufkin Fire Department EMT was able to translate.

The victim told police that she had been visiting her sister-in-law at one of the apartments when Araujo, her brother, walked in and asked about the rent money that she owed him. She explained that she and her husband had been staying at another residence owned by Araujo.

When Araujo leaned that his sister was unable to give him the money she owned him, he hit her in the cheek with a closed fist, the narrative stated. At that point, Araujo's wife yelled for him to stop, and he allegedly grabbed her by the neck and shoulder and pushed her outside.

According to LPD narrative, the victim realized that she had dropped her keys when Araujo hit her, and she began walking toward the front door. She told police that her brother had picked up an approximately 3-foot piece of metal that she believed was part of a bed frame and was standing at his front door with it in his hands.

The narrative stated that Araujo told his sister that he was going to kill her.

Although Araujo's wife backed up most of the details of what allegedly happened, she told the LPD officers that her husband did not tell his sister that he was going to kill her, the narrative stated.

One of the officer's took pictures of the victim's injury, and the piece of metal was logged in as evidence.

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