SAPD: Man held sword to woman's neck, kicked her with steel-toe boots while beating her

Man bragged he would kill her to claim life insurance, victim told SAPD

Courtesy: Bexar County Jail

SAN ANTONIO – A 43-year-old man was arrested by San Antonio police after authorities said he held a sword to a woman's neck, kicked her body with steel-toe boots and used a metal dustpan to beat her.

The man was taken into custody Wednesday and identified in an arrest affidavit as Rene Gomez.

According to the affidavit, an officer with the San Antonio Police Department was called to the Downtown Baptist Medical Center on Tuesday for an assault report.

At the hospital, a woman told the officer she called 911 Saturday after she was assaulted by Gomez at a Southeast Side home but fled to a nearby store.

The victim said she went to the hospital because of the increasing pain to her right ear along with headaches, according to the affidavit.

She told the officer that Gomez placed a small sword on her neck, telling her to remain still while he assaulted her. The victim said Gomez also "kicked her body while wearing steel-toe boots and used a metal dustpan" to hit the right side of her head.

According to the affidavit, the woman's injuries included small puncture wounds, lacerations to her legs and torso, and visible bruises to her arms, legs and back.

The victim later told a detective with the Police Department's Special Victims Unit that Gomez even bragged he would kill her to claim her life insurance.

"(The victim) admitted that it was only a matter of time before Gomez killed her as he had promised her," the detective said in the affidavit.

According to the affidavit, the victim and Gomez have an extensive 911 call history for reports of family violence. The detective said criminal charges against Gomez for assault-family violence have recently been submitted to the Bexar County District Attorney's Office.

Gomez is now being charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a second-degree felony. His bond has been set at $50,000.

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