Crockett Man Charged with First, Second and Third Degree Felonies
By Will Johnson
CROCKETT – A Crockett man hit the trifecta of felonies as he was arrested on first, second and third degree felony charges on Thursday, July 25 after he broke into a residence and assaulted a female while she was in the bathroom.
Reginald Bernard Creag, 50, was taken into custody Thursday evening and charged with: burglary of a habitation with the intent to commit another felony; assault of a family member or member of a household two or more times within 12 months; and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after a witness called the Crockett Police Department to report the crime.
According to an affidavit of probable cause, Crockett Police Officer Steve Witherspoon was dispatched to the 400 block of West Painter Street at approximately 8:30 pm “… in reference to a male subject, later identified as Reginald Creag, breaking into the residence and assaulting a female subject.”
Once Witherspoon arrived at the scene he spoke with a witness who informed the CPD officer when Creag first arrived at the residence on West Painter Street, he asked where the victim was.
“Before entering the residence, (the witness) advised that Creag raised the front of his shirt revealing a black object that appeared to be a handgun and stated, ‘I wish I could do something to you.’ Creag then entered the residence in search of the victim,” the legal document stated.
The report indicated Creag found the female victim in the bathroom of the residence. When Witherspoon looked into the restroom, he observed “… the toilet seat was broken off on one the hinges and a basket of toiletry products was knocked onto the floor, between the toilet and the bathtub, with its contents spilled onto the floor. It appeared (the victim) was interrupted while using the restroom.”
The witness informed the law enforcement official he could hear the assault taking place while standing outside of the residence.
Shortly afterwards, police officers were able to locate and detain Creag. They also spoke to the victim who confirmed the witness’ account of the events.
“(The victim) advised that while using the restroom, Creag entered the restroom and began assaulting her by striking her with a closed fist on her head, causing pain. (The victim) stated that Creag retrieved what appeared to be a handgun from his waist and held it to her head and stated, ‘I’m going to kill you,’ then placed the gun back into his waist band,” the affidavit stated.
Creag was charged with: burglary of a habitation with the intent to commit another felony (first degree felony); aggravated assault with a deadly weapon (second degree felony); and assault of a family member or member of a household two or more times within 12 months (third degree felony).
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 second degree felony carries a sentence of between two and 20 years, with a fine of up to $10,000, while the punishment for a third degree felony ranges between two and 10 years, also with a potential of a $10,000 fine.
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