Man Held in Assault Now Connected to Two Houston Shoplifting Incidents

Stealing charges are expected against a 20-year-old county man arrested last week in a wild fight that began with a hammer and ax handle and ended with gunshots from a moving vehicle.

Roger A. Christ was suspected before the assault – based of video surveillance – of stealing from Houston’s Wal-Mart Supercenter. Houston police said Monday that Christ, who is held in the county jail on the assault, has confessed to two shoplifting incidents, including one in which he walked out with a large screen television set. Among the other items taken were digital cameras, a game console and some smaller items. Houston police are seeking felony theft charges from the county prosecutor’s office.

Christ was already sitting in the Texas County Jail on $100,000 bond after the domestic assault in which authorities said he attacked his girlfriend with a hammer. The altercation soon involved the boyfriend of the girl’s mother. Texas County Sheriff Carl Watson said the man whipped Christ with an ax handle.

Christ later met the girl’s mother and boyfriend three miles south of Cabool on Highway 181. He turned his vehicle around, pursued them and fired through the back window of the woman’s truck. A bullet struck the woman, who was driving, in the right upper shoulder near her neck. The girlfriend and the mother were treated and released at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield.

Christ was arrested and charged with first- and second-degree assault, serious physical injury, two counts of criminal action and discharging a firearm from a motor vehicle.

Authorities recovered a .22 automatic rifle believed to be used in the shooting.

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