PPD Arrests Suspect After Assaulting Female and Officer

PALESTINE, Texas (August 3, 2020 )- Palestine Police have arrested an Oakwood man on multiple charges following an incident at the Palestine Wal-Mart on Saturday.
On Saturday, August 01, 2020, at approximately 7:17 PM, PPD Officers responded to a call of an assault at the Wal-Mart located at 2223 S. Loop 256 in Palestine. Officers arrived and the victim
reported that an unknown black male poured a chemical, believed to be a cleaning solution, on her upper body and face while she shopped in the store. The victim, a 49 year-old Palestine resident,
was accompanied by two small children during the incident. The victim did not know the suspect, who fled the scene following the assault.
The female victim was transported to the Palestine Regional ER by ambulance for medical treatment.
While the Officers were investigating the incident, the suspect, later identified as Willie James Lewis, 37 of Oakwood, returned to the scene. Lewis then followed an Officer to the front of the store and
attacked the Officer from behind using a shopping cart. Officers were able to take Lewis into custody following a struggle. The Officer was treated and released at the scene.
Prior to assaulting the Officer, Lewis had also damaged a patrol vehicle that was parked outside of the store.
Lewis was transported to the Anderson County Jail and booked without further incident.
Lewis was booked on the following charges:
• Assault on a Public Servant
• Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon
• Endangering a Child
• Criminal Mischief >$2,500<$30,000
• Two Palestine Municipal Court Warrants
Lewis is currently being held in the Anderson County Jail with bonds totaling $165,000.
The motives behind the attack are still under investigation.