A woman was found “knocked out” and soaked in diesel fuel on the floor of a home on the 1400 block of Rosario Street Tuesday.
At approximately 5:45 p.m. Jim Wells County deputies responded to a family disturbance call. The first deputy to arrive, Lt. Ernie Rivera, on the scene entered the residence to find the 30-year-old victim on the floor.
As Rivera attended to the victim he noticed several whelps on the back of the victim's head and also detected an odor of diesel.
When the victim regained conscious she told Rivera that her boyfriend, 32-year-old Guillermo Nunez, had punched her than hit her with a board on the back of the head, according to sheriff officials.
The victim had physical and visible strangulation marks to her neck.
According to Rivera, the victim told him that Nunez, who had fled the scene, poured the fuel on her and she could hear him attempt to start a lighter; Nunez was unsuccessful starting the lighter.
“He had the intention of setting his girlfriend on fire,” Sheriff Daniel Bueno stated. “This could've been far worse had he had a working lighter. Family violence needs to be reported; it is a serious issue.”
The victim was transported to the hospital.
Rivera located Nunez inside the Alice city limits speeding. When Nunez observed the deputy he jumped out of his car, began running through streets and jumping fences.
Nunez was apprehended and transported to the JWC jail.
Law enforcement officers located a meth pipe and bags of meth along the route of the foot pursuit, according to sheriff officials.
An inventory of Nunez's vehicle lead to the discovery of a handgun and another bag of meth. Nunez had a 7.1 grams of meth total, according to sheriff officials.
Nunez was charged with five felonies – aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, assault by strangulation, evading arrest with a motor vehicle, possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon. Nunez was also charged with a Duval County warrant for unlawful possession of a firearm.
As of Wednesday, Nunez was in custody with a total bond of $27,000.