NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Deputies with the Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office arrested a 36-year-old man on a felony injury to the elderly charge Wednesday in connection to allegations that he punched a woman "65 years of age or older" in the head when she intervened to keep him from hitting her daughter again.
Lucas Jarrod Barnhill, of Nacogdoches, is still being held in the Nacogdoches County Jail on a third-degree felony injury to the elderly charge. His bail amount has been set at $18,450.
According to the arrest affidavit, the incident occurred on Monday. AN NCSO deputy told the Criminal Investigation Division detective that took over the case that he went to Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital on May 8 and spoke to the victim and her daughter.
The victim told the NCSO deputy that she had been at her daughter's house in the 1200 block of County Road 157 when she heard her daughter and Barnhill start to argue. Later, the argument turned physically, and Barnhill allegedly hit the victim's daughter.
When the victim put herself between Barnhill and her daughter to keep him from assaulting her further, Barnhill pushed the victim and then punched her in the back of the head, the affidavit stated.
Barnhill's arrest wasn't his first run-in with law enforcement. In February of 2016, he was arrested after he allegedly went to the Barnhill's restaurant on North Street and assaulted two people. Witnesses said Barnhill appeared to be intoxicated when the assaults occurred, according to a previous East Texas News story.
One of the victims was described in the Nacogdoches police report as an "elderly individual." At that time, Barnhill was arrested and charged with state-jail felony injury o the elderly, Class A misdemeanor assault causing bodily injury, Class B misdemeanor criminal trespass, and Class C misdemeanor public intoxication.