KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) — Stephanie Perez, 28, is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a second-degree felony after she assaulted the mother of her boyfriend’s child with a gun during a custody swap, the Killeen Police Department confirmed Spokesperson Ofelia Miramontes told KWTX.
The attack occurred just before 8 p.m. Saturday, December 10, in a parking lot on the 1500 block of Lowes Boulevard.
Police officers were dispatched to the scene to investigate the domestic disturbance and met with a victim who was suffering from a head injury and told officers she was there for a child exchange with the father of her child.
During the exchange, the father wanted to discuss something with the victim, but she decided not to speak and went back to her vehicle, police said.
At that moment, the man’s new girlfriend got out of the man’s vehicle and followed the victim to speak to her.
“When the victim refused, the suspect (Perez) showed a pistol and threatened the victim,” police said, “the suspect then hit the victim in the back of the head with the pistol more than once.”
Police said Perez and the child’s father fled in their vehicle. Police officers were immediately given a description of the vehicle and patrol officers attracted the couple.
During a search of the vehicle, officers found a handgun in the glove compartment, police said.
Perez was arrested and taken to Killeen City Jail. She is now being held in the Bell County Jail on $100,000 bail, online jail records show.
Police said the victim was taken to Seton Medical Center in Harker Heights for medical treatment.
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