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Cops say Houston man wanted for brutally assaulting pregnant woman [PHOTO]

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Emmanuel Mallard is a Houston man accused of brutally assaulting his pregnant wife. Mallard stabbed the victim several times, hit her with a crowbar and threw a flaming shirt at her, setting her on fire before she escaped, police say.

Mallard, 27, faces multiple charges in Harris County Court, but police have been unable to locate him. Police issued a “wanted alert” for Mallard on January 13, 2022, the day after the attack. The attack came two days after Mallard was released from jail following another domestic violence arrest involving the victim, who was five months pregnant, records show.

“Anyone with information regarding this case or Emmanuel Mallard’s whereabouts is urged to contact the HPD Major Assaults & Family Violence Division at 713-308-8800 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS,” the police department said by Houston in a press release. Mallard is charged with aggravated assault on a family member and violating a protective order, police said. He was also charged with setting fire with intent to damage a home, Harris County court records show.

Houston Police Detective Jeneda Wiltz, with the department’s Serious Assault and Domestic Violence Unit, said in a statement, the victim: “Was rushed to the hospital by Houston Fire Department paramedics after she was assaulted by Mallard. Detectives determined that Mallard (the victim), who is five months pregnant with his child, stabbed her on both sides of her stomach, neck and back and then hit her in the head multiple times with a tire iron.

Wiltz added, “Mallard then cut off (her) clothes and poured lighter fluid over her. Then Mallard soaked (her) shirt in lighter fluid, lit it and threw it at her. (The victim) managed to deflect the shirt, hit Mallard with an object and then ran away from him. Fire investigators from the Houston Fire Department are also investigating the incident when the apartment building burst into flames. Mallard was last seen escaping the residence.”

The 27-year-old victim, who is pregnant with her third child with mallard, was taken to hospital after the attack, police said. Her condition and the condition of her unborn child were not immediately known as of January 13. Heavy on Houston has reached out to the department for updates. The incident occurred at approximately 4:55 p.m. on Wednesday, January 12, 2022 at the 8100 block of Talton Street, police said. As a warning, this story contains graphic depictions of domestic violence.

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Detective Wiltz said in an affidavit filed with Harris County Court that she interviewed the victim after the incident. The victim told Wiltz she was at her mother’s house on Jan. 12 when Mallard came and told her to get in the car with him or he would burn the apartment down, Wiltz wrote. According to the affidavit, the victim said she got into his car and he drove her to his father’s home on Talton Street, where the incident occurred.

Mallard told the victim he would “kill her to prevent her from testifying in a previous case,” Wiltz wrote in the affidavit. He “tied her wrists together with an extension cord and slapped her open-handed on the right side of her head. The applicant stated that she had fallen and that the accused had repeatedly told her he was going to kill her. The applicant stated that the defendant told her that she must die because he would not allow her to testify against him,” Wiltz wrote.

The detective said in the affidavit that the victim “managed to loosen her wrists and tried to run. She pointed to the defendant and then grabbed her. This time he tied her wrists and ankles with extension cords. She said the defendant told her he was looking for a recording device, so he used his pocket knife to cut off all her clothing, including her shoes.”

According to the affidavit, the victim then said Mallard began stabbing her in both sides of her stomach, the right side of her neck and her back while she was bound and naked. She said she tried to remind Mallard that she was pregnant with his child and he said he didn’t care, the detective wrote. She said Mallard then hit her on the head about four times, police said.

“The complainant alleged during the attack that the defendant put clothes in her mouth and covered the window with a mattress to prevent anyone from hearing or seeing what was going on in the apartment,” Wiltz wrote. “The applicant stated that the defendant then grabbed a propane cylinder and threw it at her, hitting her in the arm. She pointed out that the defendant grabbed another propane bottle and threw it at her.” Wiltz said the victim told her she then fought back.

“She said she got something and hit him with it. The applicant stated that the defendant pushed her to the ground and threw the dining table at her. The complainant stated that the defendant got lighter fluid, applied it to her white shirt and poured the lighter fluid over her,” Wiltz wrote. “The complaint indicated that the defendant set the shirt on fire and threw the shirt at her in an attempt to set it on fire. The applicant stated that she did not want to die. The applicant alleged that she managed to run out the back door, jump over the fence and run to a neighbor’s home to get help.”

Wiltz said the victim suffered multiple lacerations to the head when she was hit with the crowbar, lacerations to both sides of her stomach, her neck and back from stab wounds, and injuries to her wrist when they were held, according to court documents, according to court documents. Wiltz said she confirmed the victim received an emergency protection order against mallard on Dec. 28, 2021.

According to court documents, Mallard was arrested in December and charged with assaulting a family member with a criminal record, a felony, and molesting an officer, also a felony. Mallard was free in those cases on $15,000 bail and was scheduled for retrieval in court on February 3, 2022. He was released from the Harris County Jail on Jan. 10, 2022, records show.

In that case, Mallard was accused of assaulting and hitting his wife, causing her to fall and hit her head on a toilet, court records show. He was also accused of spitting on a police officer during his arrest, according to court documents.

Mallard was previously sentenced to a year in prison in March 2021 in Harris County for assaulting a family member with a criminal record. He was sentenced to two years in prison in 2013 for assaulting a family member, court documents show. He has multiple arrests for making terrorist threats, injuring a child under the age of 15, theft, kidnapping, criminal possession of a weapon and burglary, all of which were recorded as not resulting in any convictions.

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