Man accused of cutting cop’s arm with sword
by Gary Kent
Apr 30, 2009 | 1397 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Matias Treviño
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A 35-year-old Beeville man learned the hard way not to pull a sword on police officers.

A Bee County grand jury indicted Matias Treviño on two counts of first-degree felony charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Treviño faces possible prison sentences of from five to 99 years or life and fines of as much as $10,000 for each of the two offenses if he is convicted in district court here.

“It’s an old case,” said Sgt. Richard Cantu this week. The incident started at about 6:15 p.m. on March 11, 2008, when Sgt. Stephen Phipps was sent to a domestic disturbance in the 1400 block of West Stamper Street.

The officer met a woman who said her husband was cursing her and she wanted him to leave.

Phipps walked into the back yard where he encountered Treviño.

“I’m not doing anything wrong,” Treviño reportedly said and he told Phipps he was on his own property and had no intention of leaving.

Cantu said at one point Treviño yelled at his wife and threatened to kick in the back door and get back inside the house.

By that time, Phipps had called for a backup officer and Patrolman Jason Alvarez arrived at the scene.

When Treviño saw Alvarez standing inside the house with his wife, that apparently upset him and he made his way into the house. When officers tried to subdue him he reached for a decorative sword, waved the large blade around and said, “Come on, (expletive).”

Both officers drew their firearms and held Treviño at bay until Alvarez got an opportunity to spray him with pepper spray.

That distracted Treviño long enough for the officers to jump him, wrestle him to the floor and handcuff him.

However, when the officers recovered from the assault, Alvarez realized he had been cut slightly on one arm by the sword.

On Thursday, grand jurors returned first degree felony indictments against the defendant on charges of aggravated assault, threat with a deadly weapon against a public servant and aggravated assault, bodily injury with a deadly weapon against a public servant.

The charges were enhanced from second degree felonies because Treviño had a previous felony conviction on a charge of injury to a child on Jan. 11, 1993, in Bee County.

District Judge M.E. “Mike” Welborn set bond on the defendant at $20,000.
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