Affidavit: Trinity man man punched woman, refused to let her leave house

Affidavit: Trinity man man punched woman, refused to let her leave house

TRINITY COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Law enforcement officers in Trinity County arrested a 29-year-old on Saturday in connection to allegations that he punched a woman in the back of the head and refused to let her leave his home on Martin Lane.

James Gregory, of Trinity, was arrested and charged with third-degree felony unlawful restraint.

According to the arrest affidavit, a Trinity County Sheriff's Office deputy was dispatched to a home in the 100 block of Martin Lane at about 3:32 a.m. on July 9 in reference to a 911 call.

When the deputy arrived on the scene, he saw a man who was later identified as Gregory looking out the window. However, Gregory refused to open the door even after the deputy identified himself as law enforcement.

Gregory allegedly yelled through the window for the deputy to leave the property, or he was going to "do something about it," the affidavit stated.

At that point, the TCSO deputy went back to his patrol unit and requested backup.

A short time later, a Trinity Police Department officer arrived on the scene, and Gregory walked out of the home with his hands up. When the deputy tried to talk to Gregory about the 911 call, he allegedly turned around, walked back into the house, and turned off all the lights.

After the deputy asked for more help at the scene, the TCSO's chief deputy arrived on the scene. Then the first deputy on the scene used the PA system on his patrol unit to tell Gregory to come outside.

Again Gregory came out the house with his hands up, but he refused to talk to the chief deputy before he walked back in the residence, the affidavit stated.

Trinity County Sheriff Woody Wallace joined the other law enforcement officers at the scene and ordered Gregory to come outside and asked him where the woman who had made the 911 call was, the affidavit stated. At that point, Gregory allegedly lied to the law enforcement officers.

The two TCSO deputies and the Trinity PD officer entered the home and found a 29-year-old woman lying on the floor, the affidavit stated. She was covered with a blanket.

When one of the deputies asked the woman if she was OK and requested her ID. According to the affidavit, the woman, who was later identified as Amber Elmore, refused to respond.

Both people were arrested at the scene and taken to the Trinity Police Department, where they were interviewed. When the authorities talked to Elmore, she told them Gregory had punched her in the back of the head, and he would not let her use her phone or leave the house.

One of the TCSO deputies took pictures of the scratches and bruises on Elmore's back, and she was booked in on a Class C misdemeanor failure to identify charge, the affidavit stated.
When the law enforcement officers questioned Gregory, he allegedly denied hitting Elmore and refused to cooperate in the interview.

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