By Will Johnson

Messenger Reporter

HOUSTON COUNTY – A Houston County man has been charged with a first degree felony and three Class A misdemeanors following an incident which occurred on Tuesday, Nov. 8.

Kenneth Noble Randall, Jr., 33 years of age with a listed Kennard address, was arrested and taken into custody after he allegedly assaulted three people – including an individual with disabilities – and injured a puppy.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, Houston County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Thomas Shafer was dispatched to an address on County Road 1200 on Tuesday in reference to an assault in progress. When the deputy arrived at the location, he “… was informed that the actor, later identified as Kenneth Noble Randall, Jr. was seated inside a blue minivan that was on the property.”

Once Deputy Shafer made contact with Randall – seated in the driver’s seat of the minivan – he observed the victim, “… seated in a motorized wheelchair. (The victim) is a known paralyzed individual with blood coming from a wound to his nose.”

The affidavit further reported the deputy noticed several other injuries to the victim and was informed          “… that Kenneth was the person that caused these injuries to (the victim).”

Shafer instructed Randall to exit the vehicle and after Randall complied with the deputy’s instructions, he was handcuffed and placed in the back of the deputy’s patrol vehicle. As Shafer began the initial part of his investigation, he observed bite wounds on the victim as well as several other injuries possibly caused by the assault.

A second assault victim was identified and showed Shafer a bite mark on her forearm, allegedly where Randall had bitten her. “Deputy Shafer observed the bite wound to (the second victim’s) forearm and observed blood on the wound as well as possible swelling around the wound. (The second victim) stated that Kenneth attacked her after she attempted to stop him (from assaulting the first victim), bit her on the left forearm and took off after her 11-year old son, who (later) informed Deputy Shafer (he) took video of the assault on (the first victim),” the affidavit reported.

“(The second victim) stated her son ran into her friend’s residence. Kenneth made his way inside that residence and it was reported that he struck a third person, identified as (the third victim), after he made entry into the house. (The third victim) stated that Kenneth struck her on the left side of her face with a closed fist and then pushed her to the ground. (The third victim) also stated that at the time Kenneth pushed her to the ground, she was holding onto a puppy that belonged to (the second victim’s) son and fell on top of the puppy, causing an injury to the puppy’s back leg,” the legal document reported.

Randall was charged with injury to a child, elderly individual or disabled individual, a first degree felony. He was also charged with three Class A misdemeanors, which included: assault causing bodily injury / family violence; assault causing bodily injury; and cruelty to non-livestock animals.

According to Section 12.32 of the Texas Penal Code, “An individual adjudged guilty of a felony of the first degree shall be punished by imprisonment in the institutional division for life or for any term of not more than 99 years or less than five years. In addition to imprisonment, an individual adjudged guilty of a felony of the first degree may be punished by a fine not to exceed $10,000.”

A Class A misdemeanor is punishable by a fine of not more than $4,000, confinement in a county jail for up to a year or both.

Randall is still held at the Houston County Jail and his total bond has been set at $35,000.

Will Johnson may be reached via e-mail at wjohnson@messenger-news.com