Suspect in numerous assaults against women arrested

CORPUS CHRISTI (KIII NEWS) - It was Oct. 3 when a 19-year-old woman arrived at Christus Spohn Memorial Hospital with broken orbital sockets to her eyes and fractures to her jaw she said she received from her boyfriend days earlier. Authorities say she wasn't his only victim, and he is now behind bars.

After the victim arrived at the hospital, detectives with the Corpus Christi Police Department's Family Violence Unit began an investigation and learned that the repeated assaults occurred while the suspect was driving to Woodsboro, Texas. That's when the Portland Police Department joined the investigation.

It was further learned that the victim was further assaulted after leaving Portland, Texas on the way to the Refugio, Texas area, so the Refugio County Sheriff's Office was contacted and a detective there was assigned to help out.

The suspect was identified as 26-year old Scott Craig Holder of both Woodsboro and Corpus Christi. Refugio County Sheriff's detectives notified the CCPD that Holder was already a suspect in another aggravated assault involving a different female victim in Refugio County in August.

All the detectives exchanged notes and leads, and that is when it became clear that the suspect had committed numerous assaults against both females beginning as far back as December of 2015.

The Refugio County Sheriff's Office obtained an arrest warrant for Holder and booked him in the Refugio County Jail. In the meantime, Portland police filed two cases against Holder and obtained two felony warrants for his arrest for aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury in family violence, a second-degree felony, and continuing violence against family. A bond of $500,000 was set and Holder was transferred to the San Patricio County Jail Thursday.

The CCPD has also filed a Class A family violence assault case against Holder after determining that the second victim was also assaulted in the city.

Officials with the CCPD posted this in their Blotter Friday afternoon: "Domestic Violence is an issue that all law enforcement agencies take very seriously, there are no borders or jurisdictions that one can flee too to hide from justice in these cases. The law enforcement agencies worked closely to hold this subject accountable for his actions and offer services to both victims to assist in their physical and emotional recovery."


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