By Will Johnson

Messenger Reporter

CROCKETT – A call from a concerned mother to the Crockett Police Department led to the arrest of her son on a second degree felony charge on the evening of Tuesday, Jan. 10.

Lazarus Crockett, 25, of Crockett, was arrested on one count of aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury after it was alleged he repeatedly punched his wife in the face.

According to an arrest report filed by Officer Mark Van Egmond with the Crockett Police Department, he was dispatched to a residence located at 2108 N. Fourth St. in reference to a disturbance. When the officer arrived at the location he was met by Crockett’s mother.

“(She) stated that her son, Lazarus Crockett and his wife got into a verbal confrontation in the yard and they got into a vehicle and left the area,” the arrest report stated.

The arrest report indicated Van Egmond left the residence in an attempt to locate the vehicle and while he was patrolling the immediate area, he was notified by dispatch the mother had called again and said her son and his wife were on the way back to the North Fourth Street residence.

When the law enforcement officer returned to the residence, the arrest report stated he observed a tan Kia automobile parked in the front yard with a male and female occupant inside the vehicle.

When the officer made contact with the occupants, the report stated Van Egmond observed “… blood on the female’s shirt and pants and several bruises on the female’s arms and head. The male was removed from the vehicle and detained.”

“(The female) stated she and Crockett had gotten into a verbal argument which turned physical inside the vehicle,” the arrest report stated. “(She) stated Crockett continuously punched her with his fists. I (Van Egmond) observed several more injuries to (the wife’s) arms and head. Crockett was placed under arrest and transported to the Houston County Jail for booking.”

An EMS crew transported the victim to the Timberlands Emergency Room where she was treated for her injuries.

“After (she) was released from the ER, it was determined that (she) had a broken nose, several bruises and several scratches from the assault,” the report stated.

Crockett was booked into custody on one count of aggravated assault causing bodily injury, a second degree felony.

According to Section 12.33 of the Texas Penal Code, “An individual adjudged guilty of a felony of the second degree shall be punished by imprisonment in the institutional division for any term of not more than 20 years or less than two years. In addition to imprisonment, an individual adjudged guilty of a felony of the second degree may be punished by a fine not to exceed $10,000.”

Crockett’s bond was set at $20,000.

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