Man taken into custody in weekend assault of woman alongside Paris’ northwest loop

A Paris man is in custody on aggravated assault charges following a weekend attack of a 26-year-old woman.

Albert Padilla

Albert Padilla

Police Chief Bob Hundley said officers were dispatched to the 1800 block of the city’s northwest loop regarding a report of a man assaulting a woman on the side of the road. Two witnesses told officers they saw the man striking the woman in the head with some type of blue bag.

When Paris EMS arrived on the scene, they were told the woman had been in and out of consciousness and had lost feeling in one leg.  A medical helicopter transported the victim from the scene to a hospital in Tyler.

Albert Padilla, 45, of Paris was arrested on aggravated assault charges and other non-related warrants.

Officers responded to 277 calls for service from Friday through Sunday, resulting in 16 arrests.

By Charles Richards, eParisExtra

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Charles Richards Charles Richards moved to Paris in 2004 after retiring from a 40-year career in journalism – the last 26 years as a news writer and sports writer with The Associated Press in Dallas and Washington, D.C. In mid-2004, The Paris News coaxed him out of retirement, and he began covering the police, court and regional beat for The Paris News. Then in early 2005, he was switched to coverage of a sharply divided Paris City Council. He was appointed by the City Council in 2006 to the 12-member City Charter Review Commission, which extensively rewrote the outmoded document. His writing awards include two first-place awards in statewide competition for feature writing. The most recent was his 2005 story on a Paris doctor’s startling use of leeches in a successful attempt to re-attach a man’s severed ear. Over his career, Richards’ interview subjects include Alabama Gov. George Wallace, President Bill Clinton, President George W. Bush, David Koresh, Arnold Palmer, Muhammad Ali and numerous other political and sports figures. He is an alumnus of Texas Tech, where he was editor of the school newspaper. He lives in Paris with his wife, Barbara, who is retired after 30 years as a teacher and high school counselor.