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Two Pickton Men Jailed On Felony Assault Charges Following CR 2382 Disturbance

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Two Pickton men were jailed on felony assault charges following a CR 2382 disturbance early Friday morning, according to sheriff’s reports.

Paige Spencer Whitworth

Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office Deputies Isaac Foley, Justin Wilkerson, Bobby Osornio and Zach Steward, and Sgt. Scott Davis responded at 2:03 a.m. to the County Road 2382 disturbance, in which a female claimed her uncle was in the residence threatening her. While they were en route, dispatchers advised the woman claimed the uncle had forced entry into her room with a weapon.

Upon arrival, the deputies reported seeing Neil Wayne Black exit the residence holding what appeared to be a rifle, it was determined to be a high powered pellet rifle which the sheriff’s officers had him hand over to them while they investigated the situation. The deputies then contacted the female caller, who they learned lives at the residence and has been in an on-and-off dating relationship with a male who lives at the residence, according to arrest reports.

Black and the sometimes beau, identified in arrest reports as 53-year-old Paige Spencer Whitworth, allegedly yelled at the woman to get out of the residence. Then, Black forced entry to the woman’s room, where both men continued yelling at her. Black pointed the pellet rifle at the woman during the disturbance and threatened her with imminent bodily injury, deputies alleged in arrest reports.

No HCSO jail photo available at 10:45 a.m. Dec. 11, 2021, for Neil Wayne Black

Deputies took Black and Whitworth of Pickton, into custody at 4:45 a.m. Friday, Dec. 10, 2021, on one count of aggravated assault of a date, family or household members with a weapon each, as Black allegedly placed the woman in fear of serious bodily injury using what is described as a deadly weapon and Whitworth was criminally responsible for the commission of the offense by provoking it. Evidence from the alleged CR 2382 disturbance and the pellet rifle were seized and both men transported to Hopkins County jail. An emergency protective order to restrict Whitworth from contacting the female resident, according to arrest reports.

Both men alleged to have been involved in the CR 2382 disturbance remained in Hopkins County jail Saturday morning, Dec. 11, 2021, in lieu of $75,000 bond on the first-degree felony aggravated assault charge, according to jail reports.

Friday was not the first time Whitworth has been jailed in Hopkins County for assault and related charges. The 53-year-old Pickton man spent May 30-Aug. 14, 2017 in custody on an aggravated assault of a date, family or household member with a weapon charge. He was assessed a 3-day jail commitment for a felony assault charge and spent March 3-4, 2018, in jail. Whitworth was returned to Hopkins County jail on April 10, 2019, for violation of probation on a family violence assault charge; he was released later that day on a $5,000 bond. He was booked into the county jail May 22, 2019 after his bond was revoked on an aggravated assault of a date, family or household member and remained in custody until July 22, 2019. He was most recently in jail July 31-Nov. 1, 2021 on a warrant for violation probation on an assault charge, according to jail records.

The Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office is located at 298 Rosemont St., Sulphur Springs, TX 75482. Non-emergency calls can be made to (903) 438-4040.

Author: Faith Huffman

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