The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

Local News

March 30, 2012

Suspect sought in beating

PALESTINE — Anderson County sheriff’s authorities are seeking the public’s assistance in locating a 35-year-old Palestine man accused of beating his wife this past weekend.

Authorities are seeking Willie C. Boley, 35, of Palestine on a felony warrant for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, according to Anderson County Sheriff Greg Taylor.

The warrant signed by Anderson County Justice of the Peace James Todd carries a $85,000 pre-set bond.

The sheriff said Boley used his hands and other instruments to beat and drag his wife during an argument which occurred shortly after midnight Sunday at a location in the 100 block of CR 2701 in the Tennessee Colony area.

The 52-year-old woman suffered a broken nose, two black eyes and bruises throughout her body as a result of the assault, according to Taylor.

The alleged victim was able to escape to a nearby house to call 9-1-1 and transported by ambulance to Palestine Regional Medical Center where she was treated and released for her injuries, the sheriff stated.

Taylor said Boley is apparently building a house on the property where the alleged incident occurred.

“They had been arguing the day before about money,” Taylor said. “They went out there to take a look at the property and he starts arguing with her again. He chokes her, throws her down and hits her in the face with his fist. He then hit her with a plastic flashlight in the nose. He also hit her with a small PVC pipe at one point.”

Boley also allegedly “kicked her” and “drug her around” on the ground during the course of the assault.

“She definitely feared for her life,” Taylor said.

Anyone providing information leading to Boley’s arrest in the case will be eligible to receive a reward of up to $1,000 from Anderson County Crimestoppers.

Crimestoppers may be contacted by calling (903) 729-TIPS (8477).

“We need the public’s help,” Taylor said. “He’s laying low. We’re hoping through Crimestoppers that somebody will drop a dime on him.”

Anderson County sheriff’s Sgt. Ryan Tolliver is the case’s lead investigator.

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