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San Antonio police: Woman says stranger attacked, choked her at South side complex

Police looking for other victims, believe suspect has struck before

SAN ANTONIO - A man who allegedly attacked and choked a woman to the point of unconsciousness at a South Side apartment complex may have committed other similar attacks, according to San Antonio police.

They took 38-year-old Michael Dwayne Everett into custody Thursday morning, not long after the alleged attack.

Sgt. Javier Salazar, a spokesman for SAPD, said officers were originally called for a fight between two men in the 3900 block of E. Southcross Boulevard.

When they arrived, they learned the two men were the suspect and a witness who was trying to keep him from running away.

Police said he had just attacked a woman at the nearby Southcross Square Apartments after she stepped outside around 7 a.m. to buy a soda.

“She was attacked from behind by a suspect, choked to the point of black out,” said Officer Edward Lopez, who responded to the call.

The woman, who identified herself as Crystal Julian, 26, was left with visible red marks around her neck.

Officers at the scene said the witness reported that Everett had a yellow rope, which they believe he used to choke Julian.

A friend of the victim, who did not want to reveal her name, said she looked outside after hearing a blood curdling scream and saw a man straddling Julian.

“It was an ugly scream,” she said. “I thought she was dead. She was on the floor, not breathing or anything.”

Both Julian and her friend believe Everett had been watching her, possibly waiting in a vacant apartment nearby for a chance to attack.

“He was trying to put her in there, but she was fighting back,” said Julian’s friend.

Police quickly tracked down Everett at another apartment complex down the street.

They said he had locked himself inside a vacant there.

Salazar said officers found evidence in that apartment showing that Everett’s plans were even more sinister.

“There were indications where this suspect was caught that do give us an indication that sexual assault may have been his end motive,” he said.

Although there was no sexual assault in this attack, Salazar said detectives have reason to wonder whether Everett may have struck before.

Anyone who recognizes Everett, or knows of any crimes he may have committed, is asked to call the San Antonio Police Department.

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