By Will Johnson

Messenger Reporter

CROCKETT – A Crockett man was arrested and charged with six felony and three misdemeanor counts after a domestic disturbance on Friday, Sept. 15.

Luis Alfredo Hernandez Bravo, 24, was booked into custody on: one count of aggravated assault with a weapon against a family member or member of a household; three counts of child endangerment / imminent danger; one count assault against a family member or member of a household by impeding breath or circulation; one count assault of a family member causing bodily injury; one count of possession of a controlled substance; and two counts of possessing fake identification.

The arrest of Hernandez Bravo stemmed from an incident which occurred shortly before 10 p.m. last Friday.

According to a probable cause affidavit, Crockett Police Department Lt. Lonnie Lum was dispatched to a residence located at 308 Cedar St. in Crockett at approximately 9:54 in reference to “… a disturbance involving weapons.”

When he arrived at the scene, Lum met with the brother-in-law of Hernandez. The brother-in-law informed Lum he shared the Cedar Street residence “… with his sister, her common law husband Luis Alfredo Hernandez Bravo and their three children,” the affidavit reported.

“(The brother-in-law) advised that his bedroom is next to his sister’s. He said that he heard them arguing and then it sounded physical. He said that he went into their room to intervene and found Luis on top of his sister, choking her on the bed,” the probable cause document stated.

After observing this, the affidavit indicated the brother-in-law pulled Hernandez off of his sister. When he did, the brother-in-law informed Lum that Hernandez hit him in the head, pulled a pistol on him, pointed it at him and told him not to interfere.

Hernandez then chambered a round in the handgun as the brother-in-law left the room, the legal document stated. The sister and Hernandez also left the bedroom and entered the living room.

“The disturbance continued in the living room and Hernandez then retrieved a ‘machine gun’ and sat down on the couch with it. (The brother-in-law) said he tried to get his sister and kids to leave with him, but she would not leave. (The brother-in-law) then left the residence and waited outside for the police,” the affidavit indicated.

As Lum questioned the brother-in-law, the affidavit reported the sister also came outside.

“She stated that she was the person who had started the disturbance and admitted that it had gotten physical and that her brother had intervened. She denied ever seeing any weapons or being choked. I did observe and photograph red marks on both sides of (the wife’s) neck consistent with the story of (her brother), saying she was choked,” Lum stated in the affidavit.

Lum stated in the affidavit he eventually made contact with Hernandez who “… admitted to the disturbance and restraining (his wife), but denied anything else. A search warrant was obtained on the residence and as a result, numerous weapons were located along with the described ‘machine gun,’ actually an AK-90, and a silver pistol with brown handles.”

Hernandez was arrested at the scene and transported to the Houston County Jail. As he was being booked into custody, Lum was informed Hernandez’ wallet contained a small Ziploc baggie with white residue in one of the wallet’s pockets. Also located in the wallet was a fake Texas Identification Card and a fake Social Security card.

The charge of aggravated assault with a weapon against a family member or member of a household is considered a first degree felony under Texas law.

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.”

Hernandez was also charged with three counts of abandoning or endangering a child by placing them in imminent danger.

These charges are considered second degree felonies which, according to Section 12.33 of the Texas Penal Code, is punishable “… 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.”

He was also charged with one count of assaulting a family member or member of a household by impeding breath or circulation, a third degree felony.

According to Section 12.34 of the Texas Penal Code, “An individual adjudged guilty of a felony of the third degree shall be punished by imprisonment in the institutional division for any term of not more than 10 years or less than two years. In addition to imprisonment, an individual adjudged guilty of a felony of the third degree may be punished by a fine not to exceed $10,000.”

The possession of fake identifying documents, along with the simple assault are all considered Class A misdemeanors while the possession of a controlled substance is considered a state jail felony.

Hernandez is currently held at the Houston County Jail on a total bond of $117,000.

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