If we take the Harris County Sheriff's Office at its word, then Ronald Washington got into a fight with the mother of his six-month-old baby, a fight that included swiping at her with a machete, dousing her with gasoline and driving off with the kid in the car.
He wasn't difficult to track down, however: Deputies arrested him when he went to them to file assault charges against the woman. ("Some of the gasoline splashed off her and onto me!!" must have been the allegation.)
Washington, 41, has been charged with aggravated assault of a family member with a deadly weapon.
The HCSO says Washington called the woman -- whose name was not relased -- on April 12, asking to see the child. She drove to his house in the 7100 block of Mt. Houston Road.
And then, well:
The suspect approached the victim's vehicle and began arguing with her. The woman tried to leave but Washington reached into her car, took the keys and walked away. The woman began yelling at Washington trying to get her keys back. That's when Washington returned with a machete in his hand and began attacking the woman with the baby sitting in her lap. In an attempt to protect her child from the machete-yielding suspect, the victim put the baby on the passenger's side floorboard.
At some point the victim was able to escape out of the vehicle from the passenger door. As she was running, the suspect caught up with her, continued attacking her with the machete and doused her with gasoline.
She managed to escape and flag down help as Washington drove off.
But that wasn't the end of his bad decisions, according to HCSO: "Ronald Washington was arrested the next day after he attempted to file a report at an HCSO storefront, claiming he had been attacked by the mother of his child," the agency says. "He is currently at the Harris County jail."
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