Charges upped to aggravated assault for man accused of randomly attacking woman

Russell Wayne Collins now facing felony aggravated assault charge

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SAN ANTONIO – The man accused of randomly attacking a 55-year-old woman at a North Side convenience store last month is now facing stiffer criminal charges.

The victim was shopping inside the store, located in the 1600 block of Blanco Road, on Sept. 20.

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On Oct. 3, San Antonio police took Russell Wayne Collins, 26, into custody in connection with the attack.

Click here to see the extent of the victim's injuries, warning some may it disturbing.

Less than 10 hours after Collins’ arrested, he was released on bail from the Bexar County magistrate’s office.

Initially, the charge filed against Collins was assault with bodily injury, which is a class B misdemeanor.

Woman randomly attacked inside North Side convenience store

After Collins' arrest, Officer Douglas Greene, a public information officer for the San Antonio Police Department, said because there was no weapon involved or life-threatening injuries inflicted, the crime did not rise to the level of a felony.

Collins is now facing an aggravated assault charge. It is unclear way the charge was elevated to a felony.

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