POLK COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Officers with the Alabama Coushata Tribe Police Department arrested a 41-year-old man on Aug. 6 in connection to allegations that he threw a machete at a woman during an argument, cut her with it during a struggle, and then put it against her throat.
Billy Ray Beene III, of Livingston, is still being held in the Polk County Jail on a second-degree felony aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charge. His bail amount has been set at $50,000.
According to the probable cause affidavit East Texas News obtained Friday, the victim walked into the Polk County Sheriff's Office to make a report on the incident on Aug. 7. She said that she and Beene had been arguing when he threw a machete at her, and its handle struck her in the chest, the affidavit stated.
Beene then allegedly held the victim down on the floor by placing his foot on the left side of her face. When Beene reached for the machete again, the woman struggled with him to prevent him from getting it. During the fight, Beene cut her top lip and chipped one of her teeth with the machete, the affidavit stated.
At that point, Beene allegedly put the machete against the woman's throat while she begged him to get off her and stop.