By Cody Thompson

Messenger Reporter

CROCKETT – A woman was arrested by the Houston County Sheriff’s Office after assaulting her brother with an ashtray on Wednesday, March 29.

Stephanie Michelle Holloway, 38, of Crockett was charged with assault causing bodily injury to a family member and false report to a police officer.

HSCO deputy Detric Murray was dispatched in response to a family disturbance at the 4000 block of County Road 3095 at approximately 5:12 p.m. on Wednesday.

“Upon arrival, I (Murray) made contact with the victim and his mother, who was a witness,” an affidavit of probable cause said. “(The victim) stated that he, (his mother) and (Holloway) had been living together at the residence for two to four years now.”

The victim stated that he had been on the front porch of the residence when Holloway opened and struck him with the screen door of the house.

“(The) victim asked if she was going to say ‘sorry’ and (Holloway) got very belligerent and began cussing in an aggressive manner towards the victim,” the probable cause document said. “A heated argument ensued.”

Holloway picked up an ashtray from a table on the porch and attempted to hit the victim with it, but the victim grabbed Holloway’s hand and disarmed her, the affidavit said.

Holloway then grabbed another ashtray and attempted to hit the victim again, but was stopped when the victim grabbed her arms again and took Holloway to the ground, hoping that she would calm down.

“While the victim pinned down (Holloway), she struck the victim in his head with the ashtray approximately two times causing minor pain,” the affidavit said. “(Holloway) scratched the victim on the left side of his face, left arm and his chest.”

HCSO deputies observed visible scratch marks on the left side of the victim’s face and nose, two scratches on his left arm and the victim also had two to three scratch marks on his chest, the probable cause document said.

After questioning the victim, the deputies turned their attention to Holloway.

“Deputies spoke with (Holloway) who said the victim attacked her but showed no physical marks or bruises, except a small blood spot near her pinky finger,” the affidavit said. “(Holloway) would not elaborate and did not make much sense.”

The victim’s mother witnessed the altercation and described to Murray the same story that the victim told.

Holloway was arrested and Murray requested a background check through police dispatch that revealed a warrant for Holloway’s arrest had been issued out of Anderson County for theft by check and failure to appear in court.

Holloway was then transported to the Houston County Jail.

The assault causing bodily injury to a family member charge is considered a class A misdemeanor.

According to Section 12.21 of the Texas Penal Code, “An individual adjudged guilty of a class A misdemeanor shall be punished by a fine not to exceed $4,000; confinement in jail for a term not to exceed one year; or both such fine and confinement.

The false report to a police officer charge is considered a class B misdemeanor.

According to Section 12.22 of the Texas Penal Code, “An individual adjudged guilty of a class B misdemeanor shall be punished by a fine not to exceed $2,000; confinement in jail for a term not to exceed 180 days; or both such fine and confinement.”

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