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Angelina County grand jury indicts man who allegedly set woman's door on fire

Ruben Rios Jr. (Source: Angelina County Jail) Ruben Rios Jr. (Source: Angelina County Jail)
Tivirus Craft (Source: Angelina County Jail) Tivirus Craft (Source: Angelina County Jail)
Cassie Filip (Source: Angelina County Jail) Cassie Filip (Source: Angelina County Jail)
LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) -

An Angelina County grand jury has indicted a 19-year-old man who allegedly doused a woman’s front door with lighter fluid and set fire to it after she refused to let him borrow her car or come into her home.

Ruben Rios Jr., of Lufkin, was indicted on a second-degree felony arson charge. He is still being held in the Angelina County, and his bail amount has been set at $50,000.

When Rios was arrested on June 27, he was also charged with state-jail felony possession of a controlled substance less than 1 gram, three Class C misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia charges, a Class C misdemeanor assault-family violence charge, and Class C misdemeanor failure to appear charge.

According to the Lufkin Police Department’s daily activity report, the incident happened at a home in the 200 block of Vincent Street at about 8:11 a.m. on June 27. At that time, Rios allegedly doused a woman’s front door with lighter fluid and set fire to it.

The report stated that the woman told police Rios was upset because she wouldn’t let him borrow her car or come into her home. She also allegedly told police that she believed Rios was intoxicated at the time.

After Rios was arrested a short time later, he was taken to the county jail. When he was searched at the jail, jailers found him to be in possession of methamphetamine, the report stated.

The grand jury also indicted Tivirus Deshun Craft, 36, of Trinity, on a first-degree felony continuous sexual assault of a child charge in connection to allegations that he sexually assaulted a 10-year-old Lufkin girl multiple times, starting when she was about six years old.

Craft is still being held in the Angelina County Jail. His bail amount has been set at $50,000.

According to the arrest affidavit, a Lufkin PD detective was present when a Harold’s House forensic interviewer talked to the 10-year-old victim on Oct. 5, 2015. The girl’s father made the initial outcry about Craft’s alleged sexual abuse. The girl’s father told police that his daughter told him that Craft had touched her inappropriately numerous times over the last three years.

The affidavit stated that the girl’s father told the detective his daughter told him that Craft had touched her arm, breast, and “private area” and that he had sexually assaulted her.

During the interview, the girl explained that she knew what sexual abuse meant. The alleged victim said that Craft started by kissing her on the mouth and progressed to touching her “private part,” the affidavit stated.

Later, the little girl said the sexual abuse occurred in Trinity. The alleged victim told the forensic interviewer that her first memory of Craft molesting her was when she was about six years old. She said Craft came into her room and put her on top of him, the affidavit stated.

According to the affidavit, the girl told the interviewer that the next incident of sexual abuse occurred in May of 2015. She said that after Craft invited her into his room, he kissed her, took her clothes off, and sexually assaulted her, the affidavit stated.

The third incident allegedly occurred on Sept. 30, 2015. Craft again invited the girl into his room again and started kissing her.

The little girl told the forensic interviewer that Craft told her not to tell anyone and that she needed to keep what had happened a secret, the affidavit stated. She allegedly told the interviewer that the various types of sexual abuse happened at least five or six times.

An exam by a sexual assault nurse examiner revealed that the girl had healed trauma that was consistent with the allegations of sexual abuse and that it was consistent with the time frame the girl talked about, the affidavit stated.

Craft gave a statement to the Lufkin Police Department on Oct. 13, 2015. The affidavit stated he was “very adamant” that he didn’t commit the acts the girl accused him of doing.

The LPD investigator obtained an arrest warrant for Craft on Jan. 5.

Cassie Carol Filip, 25, of Lufkin was indicted on a third-degree felony injury to the elderly causing bodily injury charge for allegedly punching her grandmother in the face on June 20 during an argument.

Filip is still being held in the Angelina County Jail, and her bail amount has been set at $5,000. When she was arrested on June 20, she was also charged with third-degree felony possession of a controlled substance between 1 and 4 grams.

According to the Lufkin Police Department’s daily activity report, the incident happened at a home in the 600 block of Maxwell Street at about 4:39 p.m. on June 20. Filip allegedly hit her grandmother in face during an argument.

After Lufkin PD officers took Filip in custody, they found her to be in possession of what appeared to be marijuana wax, the report stated.

Filip was arrested at the scene and taken to the county jail.

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