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Man Accused Of Choking Wife During Altercation

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Police arrested a 54-year-old Sulphur Springs man accused of choking his wife during an altercation Saturday at their residence.

Gary Edwin Hayes (HCSO jail photo)

Sulphur Springs Police officers responded at 8:25 p.m. Saturday to a report of a physical disturbance on Houston Street. Upon arrival, Officer Cameron Robinson reported seeing Gary Edwin Hayes standing above a woman, identified in police reports as the man’s wife.

The wife went outside and her mother left the room when Hayes sat down to talk with police. The 54-year-old man allegedly began yelling angrily, stood up and stepped toward his wife’s mother. Police reported using “a reasonable amount of force to repel aggression” to keep him away from his mother-in-law.

Due to his aggressive behavior, the officer attempted to place Hayes into handcuffs as a safety precaution while he investigated the alleged assault. Robinson alleged Hayes pulled away from him and was “assisted to the ground, where he continued to resist until he was successfully placed in handcuffs and placed into custody.”

The man’s wife, the alleged assault victim, had apparent injuries to her neck and one arm, Cameron reported. Witnesses alleged during a verbal altercation between Hayes and the woman Hayes grabbed his wife and slammed her into furniture, then to the ground, where he proceeded to choke her, Robinson noted in arrest reports. Hayes allegedly choked his wife for 20-30 seconds, during which she could not breath.

Consequently, Hayes was taken into custody at 8:32 p.m. December 19, 2020, and transported to Hopkins County jail. He was booked on a third-degree felony family violence assault impeding breathing charge and a Class A misdemeanor resisting arrest charge.

Hayes was released from jail Sunday on a $20,000 bond on the assault charge and a $10,000 on the resisting arrest charge.

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Author: Faith Huffman

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