HOUSTON COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Deputies with the Houston County Sheriff's Office arrested a 30-year-old man early Sunday morning after he allegedly assaulted a family member at a residence on County Road 4700 and then fled into a nearby wooded area.
Patrick Seth Lee, of Lufkin, is still being held in the Houston County Jail on a third-degree felony continuous assault-family violence charge, a Class A misdemeanor failure to identify charge, a Class A misdemeanor evading arrest charge, a Class A misdemeanor interfering with request for assistance charge, and a Class B misdemeanor theft charge. He was also charged with aggravated assault of a family member based on a warrant out of Angelina County.
According to a press release, HCSO deputies responded to a disturbance call at about 4:30 a.m. Sunday morning at a home on CR 4700. When the deputies made contact with the victim, they noticed signs of a physical assault. At that point, Lee allegedly fled on foot into a nearby wooded area.
The Houston County Sheriff's Office then started a search for Lee.
Tracking dogs from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice's Eastham Unit were brought in to assist with the search. Texas Department of Public Safety troopers, Texas Parks & Wildlife game wardens, and the U.S. Forest Service also assisted in the search for Lee.
The search continued until 5 p.m., when authorities found Lee in the national forest near Ratcliff Lake.
Lee was then taken to the Houston County jail and booked in on the charges listed above.