LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A 34-year-old Groveton man accepted a plea bargain deal of 10 years of probation Tuesday for slashing his estranged girlfriend with a machete because he was angry over how she was dressed.
Johnny Lee Dunn Jr. appeared in Judge Bob Inselmann's 217th Judicial District Court Tuesday for a plea hearing. As part of the plea deal, he pleaded guilty to a first-degree felony aggravated assault charge.
According to the arrest affidavit, the incident occurred on April 9, and the victim spoke to the Angelina County Sheriff's Office detective who got the warrant for Dunn's arrest on Tuesday. Dunn was arrested at his residence in Trinity County on Tuesday.
The woman told the detective that Dunn, her estranged boyfriend, was cleaning at her uncle's property behind Pete's Place when she arrived. She told the ACSO that Dunn questioned her about her appearance and claimed that she was wearing "sultry and provocative" clothing, the affidavit stated. The affidavit said the woman was wearing a plaid shirt, pants, and boots at the time.
At that point, Dunn became upset and verbally abusive toward the woman. He told her, "I've got something for you" as he walked toward his vehicle.
The victim told the deputy that Dunn pulled out what she described as a sword and approached her aggressively, the affidavit stated. The affidavit stated that what the woman described as a sword was actually a machete that Dunn had been using to clear brush on the property.
According to the affidavit, Dunn then placed the blade of the machete against the left side of her face. He then removed the machete from her face and put enough pressure on it that it punctured a hole in her shirt.
Dunn then put the blade next to the woman's groin and told her, "[Expletive], I will cut you from your [expletive] [expletive] to your [expletive] throat," the affidavit stated.
The victim told the ACSO deputy that during this time, Dunn slashed her on the right forearm, the affidavit stated. She told the deputy that she was unaware that she had been cut until she noticed the blood seeping through her shirt.
The woman went to Woodland Heights Medical Center for treatment of her deep cut, which required four staples. The victim's injury was photographed.
When the ACSO detective spoke with Dunn, he claimed that he "didn't mean to stab her with the machete. It was an accident." Dunn also told the detective that he tried to help his estranged girlfriend by using a piece of clothing to stop the bleeding from her forearm.
Dunn said that he had the machete because he was clearing brush on the property and he wanted it handy for snakes.
Lt. Brett Maisel with the ACSO's Criminal Investigation Division said that they are appreciative of the help the sheriff's office received from the Trinity County Sheriff's Office. Dunn had been arrested for assault twice before Tuesday's arrest. He has also been arrested for evading arrest with a vehicle.