JUST IN: Good Samaritan tries to help woman flee man before being threatened herself, police say


A Good Samaritan who tried to help a woman last week escape from a man chasing her was later assaulted and threatened with a knife by the man, according to an arrest affidavit. 

The bystander had been staying at the Franklin Gardens apartments on East Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to take care of her sick aunt on Wednesday night when she left to get something from her car, the affidavit said.

While in the parking lot, the bystander told police that she saw a woman running and screaming for help as she was being chased by a man who police identified as 34-year-old Charles Houston Jr., according to the affidavit. 

The Good Samaritan then let the woman into her aunt’s apartment, but as she was trying to close and lock the door, Houston pushed his way into the residence, the bystander told police in the affidavit. 

The fleeing woman then ran to a back room in the apartment and Houston followed her, the affidavit said. 

After hearing yelling and sounds of the room being ransacked, the bystander told Houston not to destroy her aunt’s apartment, the affidavit said. Houston then shoved the victim into the kitchen where she hit the wall and fell, according to the document. 

Houston grabbed two large kitchen knives and stood over the victim saying, “I will gut you,” before walking back into the bedroom, the victim told the police.

She ran out of the apartment and to her neighbors to call the police, the affidavit said. 

Another witness told police he was at the victim’s apartment earlier playing cards with her before he left to go next door when the victim went to her car, the affidavit said.

After hearing a commotion coming from the victim’s apartment, the witness walked over and heard Houston threaten the victim, according to the affidavit. The witness told police he convinced Houston to calm down and put down the knives, the affidavit said. 

Houston told police a different story, according to the affidavit. He said he was going to the apartment to buy food stamps from the victim but then got into an argument with the woman in the back room.

Police responded to reports of a chase and an assault around 8:05 p.m. Officers arrived and later arrested Houston, according to the affidavit.

Houston was being held at the Travis County Jail on Monday with bail set at $25,000. He is being charged with a second-degree felony of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. 

 


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