ETX man strangles wife, leads police on chase
POSTED: Friday, August 2, 2013 - 9:53am
UPDATED: Friday, August 2, 2013 - 2:20pm
Lufkin, Texas (KETK) — A Lufkin man was arrested early Friday morning for allegedly strangling his wife, threatening to kill her and then leading police on a foot chase.
At 6:41 p.m. on Thursday, Lufkin Police Department officers were called to a house on the 500 block of Bonner Street on reports of an assault that had just happened. When authorities made it to the scene, the victim claimed her husband, later identified as Edgar M. Beltran, 32, of Lufkin, had attacked her and ran away.
The woman stated the two were arguing over possible cheating when things became physical. At one point, the victim went into her bedroom and locked the door, only to be kicked open by Beltran.
The alleged assailant then threw the victim to the ground and climbed on top of her. The victim said he put his hands around her neck and began choking her. He then started twisting her neck as if to break it, according to the victim.
The woman told her attacker she was calling the cops and met was with a threat, according to police reports.
"The cops will never catch me and I will be back later to kill you," said Beltran.
At this time, the suspect threw the woman to the ground outside and ran from the area before police arrived. When officers did arrive, they took photos of the scene and were unable to locate Beltran.
A short time later, the victim called for help again reporting her alleged attacker was back at the home. Responding officers made it to the area before Beltran jumped a wooden fence in between Bonner Street and Douglas Street. After not heeding their calls for him to stop, the authorities attempted to cut the suspect off but failed.
At this point, more law enforcement was asked to assist in a search for Beltran, who then spotted the man running down Grove Street and duck into nearby woods. A short time later, Beltran was spotted again running across the 400 block of West Frank Street.
Officers searching the immediate area found the suspect in a small wooded area behind a building on West Frank Street. Beltran was arrested and booked into the Angelina County Jail on assault family violence, terroristic threat and evading arrest.
The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency placed a hold on the suspect due to him not being a legal citizen and committing violent felonious acts.
Beltran remains in the Angelina County Jail.