Man Behind Bars After He Allegedly Beats His Wife Unconscious Then Sexually Assaults Her - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/2/08

Man Behind Bars After He Allegedly Beats His Wife Unconscious Then Sexually Assaults Her

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Police say he beat his wife to near death in a Motel 6 room, and now he is behind bars. Authorities arrested Arthur Dean Swagger just before 3 p.m. Monday afternoon. Swagger is charged with aggravated assault, sexual assault, injury to a child and violating a protective order out of Oklahoma. Investigators believe Swagger beat his wife unconscious - then sexually assaulted her. Swagger's wife is in critical condition at University Medical Center.

Authorities were called to the central Lubbock motel around 7 a.m. Monday morning by EMS to assist.  Soon after, officers took Swagger downtown the police department for questioning as a homicide investigation team collected evidence.

 "911 Ambulance?" the dispatcher said. "Yes sir can I get one of you all to come over here and pick my wife up," the called asked.

 This is part of the 911 call that sent first responders to Motel 6 in central Lubbock.

"I turned around and kind of elbowed her and broke her nose," the caller said. "We believe that the husband went down to the office and called for EMS or had the people in the office call EMS and say that his wife was injured," Lubbock Police Department Police Captain Greg Stevens said.

Stevens says when EMS arrived, Arthur Swagger's story did not match his wife's injuries.

"Paramedics believed that the injuries were not consistent with the story they were given that she in fact had been assaulted," Stevens said.

"He beat her up silly and he tried to say she fell off and I said come on man you know that's not right, you know what happened," Richard Marmolejo said. Marmolejo is staying in a Motel 6 room nearby, and spent time with Swagger and his wife. He says Swagger is taking some type of medication.

"I saw his wife give (him) and I said that you're giving him too many pills, that's a lot of pills. On top of that all he's mixing it with alcohol," Marmolejo added.

Police also found two little children in the room, a five-year-old boy and three-year-old girl. Investigators say Swagger also hit the five-year-old boy. Child Protective Services now has custody of both the children.

"We're working the case like a homicide called out, not because we believe the victim will die but because of what happened and certainly because of her injuries, we are treating it very, very seriously," Stevens said.

NewsChannel 11 has also learned the couple is from Oklahoma and has been living at the Motel 6 for the past two months.

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