Lufkin PD: Man followed woman hoping to fight 'new friend,' arrested for stalking

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - An officer with the Lufkin Police Department arrested a 20-year-old man on a felony stalking charge Wednesday after he allegedly followed a woman around town in hopes of fighting her "new friend."

Timothy Cruz, of Lufkin, is still being held in the Angelina County Jail on a third-degree felony stalking charge. No bail amount has been set at this time.

According to the narrative of the police report, a Lufkin PD officer was dispatched out to the 400 block of E. Denman Avenue to check out a possible disturbance at about 9:50 p.m. When the LPD officer arrived on the scene, he made contact with a woman and Cruz.

The woman told the officer that Cruz had been following her around after she told him to leave her alone. She also told the officer that she was waiting for her friend and Cruz "was waiting for her friend and Cruz was waiting to see and possibly fight Morrison's new friend."

After the LPD officer told Cruz to leave the area, the man did so and started walking north on Charlton Street. Then the officer left the scene.

About 25 minutes later, the same LPD officer was dispatched out to the 700 block of South Timberland Drive because Cruz was again following the woman around in a parking lot. Cruz was detained for "officer safety" as the officer talked to the woman again.

The woman told the officer that she was still waiting on her friend to meet her and that Cruz had returned to where she was because he wanted to fight with her friend.

Because the woman was feeling "alarmed and annoyed," the officer arrested Cruz on the stalking charge and took him to the county jail without any further incident.

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