Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

August 13, 2013

Woman injured Sunday when alleged car vandal drives into her

Ben Tinsley
Jacksonville Daily Progress

JACKSONVILLE — Jacksonville police are in the process of investigating a Sunday evening assault during which a car owner's ex-girlfriend is alleged to have struck another woman – possibly the man's current girlfriend – with a car in the parking lot of Atwood's Ranch & Home, 1824 S. Jackson Street.

Jacksonville Police Chief Reece Daniel said the woman suffered, “very minor injuries” and was taken to the hospital.

Jacksonville Police Det. Sgt. Daniel Franklin said no arrests have been made because authorities are still trying to piece together exactly what happened. The names of those involved were not immediately available Monday.

The incident revolves around a man who is believed to be both the ex-boyfriend of the alleged assailant and the current boyfriend of the woman who was assaulted.

The man received a tip Sunday that the ex-girlfriend was vandalizing his car parked in the Atwood's parking lot, according to reports.

“He got information that she was really damaging that car,” Franklin said. “So he called his friend (the possible girlfriend) to check it out. She got there in time to see the other woman scratching his vehicle. So she started video taping it on her phone.”

At this point, the ex-girlfriend climbed into a vehicle, drove it forward and struck the current girlfriend, injuring her.

The woman who is alleged to have committed the assault is still at large, although authorities know her identity, Franklin said.

This type of assault generally is a second degree felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

The case remained under investigation Monday.


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