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Eric Anthony Munoz was indicted in mid-June in Comal County for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon “after he allegedly held a woman at knifepoint inside her own home,” according to KGNB.am News. The 25-year-old woman called the police after she had been walking “through a hallway in her home when she noticed the man standing in her living room and walking toward the back of the house where her children slept.” She first yelled at the man and told him to leave, and that was when he pulled out his knife and threatened her verbally with it. The perpetrator allegedly “fled the scene on foot when he apparently realized he had come inside the wrong house,” according to KGNB News, but the woman was able to give the police a description of the man and they were able to track him down only minutes later. The 20-year-old Munoz was being held on a $100,000 bond, which he posted, and then following his indictment was held again on $41,000 bond. “He faces 2 to 20 years in prison if convicted at trial,” according to KGNB News. The estimated number of aggravated assaults committed in Texas in 2010, according to Texas State Uniform Crime Reporting program, was down 3.5 percent from 2009. The heaviest month for aggravated assault was May. While 22 percent of all aggravated assaults were committed with firearms, 35 percent were committed with dangerous weapons, and 22 percent of these occurred with knives or cutting instruments, such as the Munoz incident. Aggravated assaults were by far the most common violent crime in 2010, with 63 percent of all people arrested for violent crime being charged with aggravated assault, as opposed to 29 percent for robbery, 7 percent for rape, and 1 percent for murder. If you have been through an incident such as this but weren’t so lucky and would like to press charges, don’t go through it alone. Contact a dedicated New Braunfels personal injury attorney today.
A fight broke out in early October in the parking lot of a Target store off of I-35, in which a 27-year-old man was allegedly killed, according to KGNB Radio. Vincent John Palomo, of Seguin, was “badly injured and taken by private car to Christus New Braunfels Hospital where he was pronounced dead.” After routine investigation, the New Braunfels Police Department issued a warrant for the arrest of Trey Randall Smith, a 42-year-old New Braunfels resident. Arresting Smith proved to be a scene fit for television as, according to KGNB, “several law enforcement agencies, including New Braunfels Police, Texas DPS, and the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office descended on the home and safely took Smith into custody.” He was booked at Caldwell County Jail before being transferred to Comal County. Smith has been charged with second degree felony aggravated assault, and his bond was set at a whopping $500,000. If Palomo’s autopsy reveals that Palomo did indeed die of injuries sustained as a result of the fight in the parking lot with Smith, Smith could face a murder charge, which carries a heavier sentence in Comal County than aggravated assault. According to the Texas state penal code, for charges of a second degree felony, a person faces a prison term of not less than two years and not more than 20, in addition to a fine not to exceed $10,000. The penalty for a murder charge in Texas is up to the jury, yet prosecutors may choose to seek the death penalty for the accused. Fistfights happen every day, between friends and strangers—but not all go as awry as that between Palomo and Smith. If you or someone you know is facing charges such as these, seek the advice of a qualified professional. Contact a New Braunfels personal injury attorney today. Image courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net
A 25-year-old woman narrowly and luckily escaped a tragedy in early October when a Lubbock man broke into her home, threatened her with a knife, and then allegedly realized he was “inside the wrong house,” according to KGNB News Radio. Eric Anthony Munoz, 20, was arrested only minutes after the incident, as police responded to the woman’s call immediately when the perpetrator left her home. Munoz has been charged on a single charge of second degree felony aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. The woman, according to KGNB, “noticed the man standing in her living room and walking toward the back of the house where her children slept.” It was when she told him to leave that he threatened her with the knife he carried. According to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program, aggravated assault is defined as “an unlawful attack by one person upon another for the purpose of inflicting severe or aggravated bodily injury.” Most of these are accompanied by the use of a deadly weapon, including a knife—such as the one Munoz allegedly carried. According to FBI data, there were 806,843 aggravated assaults in the U.S. in 2009, a decline of 4.2 percent from 2008. According to the same report, “a 10-year comparison of data from 2000 and 2009 showed that the rate of aggravated assaults in 2009 dropped 18.9 percent.” Knives and cutting instruments were the least-used weapons during the same time period: only 18.7 percent of incidents reportedly involved knives. More than 20 percent involved firearms. If you or someone you know has been accused of an aggravated assault, you deserve the best defense possible to get your life back on track. Don’t go through it alone. Contact a dedicated New Braunfels personal injury attorney today. Image courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net