- Claire Osborn American-Statesman Staff
A woman’s ex-boyfriend choked her and held a knife to her throat as she was driving, making her swerve on the road with their 3-month-old son in the backseat, according to an arrest affidavit.
Gabriel Melant, 22, of Georgetown, was charged with aggravated assault with a weapon and endangering a child. The assault charge is a felony but information was not immediately available Monday on what degree felony it was. The endangering a child charge is a state jail felony punishable by up to two years in jail.
The incident happened Thursday. The victim told police Melant had been released from prison on parole the week before the incident, the affidavit said. She said Melant had called Thursday to apologize for verbally abusing her Wednesday and asked to see their son, according to the document.
It said the victim picked up Melant in her car with their son in the backseat and began driving to her home when Melant threw her phone at her, hit her in the leg and began to strangle her as she was on University Avenue approaching the intersection with the Southeast Loop.
The woman said she was swerving as she was fighting off Melant and that other vehicles on the road were honking at her as she struggled to avoid hitting them, the affidavit said.
It said as soon as Melant stopped strangling the victim, he pulled out a large kitchen knife and placed it against her throat. He told her she deserved to die and that he was going to kill her, the document said. The victim got to her house, where Melant got out of her car and allowed the victim to call his mother to come pick him up, it said.
After Melant left, he sent the victim messages telling her not to call police, according to the affidavit.
The affidavit said police saw bruising on the victim’s arm and leg and on the sides of her neck.
After they arrested him, Melant said he only got into a verbal argument with the victim. He was being held in the Williamson County Jail on Monday with bail set at $250,000.