NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Deputies with the Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office arrested a 26-year-old Houston man Saturday in connection to allegations that he punched his girlfriend while he was holding an open knife in that hand at the Polk's Pick-It-Up on US Highway 259 North.
At the time, the woman's baby boy was in the back seat of the car the man was driving.
Marcus Brendan Rice is still being held in the Nacogdoches County Jail on a second-degree felony aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charge and a state-jail felony endangering a child charge. No bail amounts have been set at this time.
According to the arrest affidavit, NCSO deputies were sent out to the Polk's Pick-It-Up on US 259 at about 7:59 p.m. Saturday in reference to a disturbance involving weapons. Dispatch told the deputies that the suspect was driving a vehicle and that he assaulted his girlfriend, the affidavit stated.
When the NCSO deputies arrived on the scene, they found Rice sitting in his vehicle in the convenience store's front parking lot. The victim told the deputies that Rice punched her on the left side of her face with his fist and that he had an open knife in that hand when he did so, the affidavit stated.
The alleged victim also told the deputies that Rice struck her while he was driving, and her 2-month-old baby boy was in the back seat of the vehicle.
Rice was arrested at the scene and taken to the county jail.