According to Deputy Investigator Delilah Pier, Deputy Sgt. Brandon Burdick took 21-year-old Reyes Cruces into custody on July 13 in connection with an incident that took place on June 20.
The arrest involved a confrontation in which Cruces allegedly forced a woman into his vehicle at knifepoint.
When deputies made contact with the woman, she had visible injuries. She was checked out at Christus Spohn Hospital Beeville, but efforts to find the suspect failed that day.
Burdick was able to find Cruces at a home on the outskirts of Beeville on July 13, and he took him into custody on a warrant for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
The offense is a first degree felony. If convicted, Cruces could be sentenced to 99 years or life in prison and fined $10,000.
He was later released on a $100,000 bond.
On Sunday, July 29, the sheriff’s dispatcher received a call from a young boy who was crying and saying that his father was beating his mother.
Deputies were sent to the boy’s residence and saw the suspect, 32-year-old Esteban Reyna, outside the home. When Reyna saw the deputies, he went back inside the residence.
When deputies got to the house, they heard a woman inside screaming.
The deputies barged into the house, arrested Reyna and found the woman lying on the kitchen floor. She had visible injuries.
Reyna admitted that he had struck and pushed the woman during an altercation.
He was booked into the Bee County Jail on a charge of assault, family violence: impeding circulation or breath. The offense is a third degree felony.
A conviction on that charge could result in a 10-year prison sentence and a $10,000 fine.
Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.