Crockett Woman Arrested for Injuring Elderly Woman

By Cody Thompson

Messenger Reporter

CROCKETT – A Crockett woman was arrested by the Crockett Police Department after injuring an elderly woman on Sunday, April 30 at the apartments located at 1201 Edminson Dr.

Nicole Gonzalez, 20, was charged with causing reckless injury to a child, elderly or disabled person.

CPD officer Jeffrey Dean arrived at the apartments on Edminson Drive after being dispatched to a possible disturbance call, an affidavit of probable cause said.

“Upon arrival, I (Dean) saw multiple parties in the parking lot of said apartments,” the affidavit said.

Dean then made contact with the victim who had placed the call, the affidavit said.

“As I was speaking with (the victim), I saw that she had several bleeding lacerations that she had recently sustained on her right arm,” the probable cause document said.

The victim claimed that she had sustained her injuries during an altercation with a female suspect, later identified as Gonzalez, according to the probable cause document.

Dean then went to the scene of the altercation, the affidavit said.

“Gonzalez was on the scene at the time I (Dean) arrived,” the probable cause document said. “I detained Gonzalez shortly after speaking with (the victim), and placed her in the backseat of my patrol vehicle.”

Dean then spoke with witnesses that saw the altercation, the probable cause document said.

“Witnesses stated that they saw (the victim) was pushed to the ground by Gonzalez in the apartment parking lot during (the altercation),” the affidavit said.

After speaking with the witnesses, Dean returned to the patrol car to question Gonzalez.

“Gonzalez told me (Dean) that (the victim) was yelling at her and her husband,” the affidavit said. “Gonzalez also said that (the victim) swung at her with a phone, striking Gonzalez in the right arm with the phone.”

Gonzalez denied the accusations that she had pushed the victim to the ground, the probable cause document said.

Dean then asked Gonzalez how the victim sustained the injuries to her arm.

“Gonzalez said that one on the rings she was wearing during the time of the altercations possibly cut (the victim’s) arm during the altercation,” the affidavit said.

Dean then spoke with the victim again and photographed her injuries, the affidavit said.

“Emergency Medical Services later arrived on scene and treated (the victim’s) wounds,” according to the probable cause document. “EMS recommended that (the victim) be transported to the emergency room, but (the victim) denied further medical treatment.”

Gonzalez was then arrested and transported to the Houston County Jail.

The reckless injury to a child, elderly or disabled person is considered a state jail felony.

According to Section 12.35 of the Texas Penal Code, “An individual adjudged guilty of a state jail felony shall be punished by confinement in a state jail for any term of not more than two years or less than 180 days. In addition to confinement, an individual adjudged guilty of a state jail felony may be punished by a fine not to exceed $10,000.”

Gonzalez’s bond was set at $5,000 for reckless injury to a child, elderly or disabled person. She is currently still incarcerated in the Houston County Jail.

Cody Thompson may be reached via e-mail at cthompson@messenger-news.com.