Grand jury indicts man accused of assaulting mom, threatening toddler


A teen accused of attacking a mother and holding a gun to her toddler’s head has been indicted by a Bowie County grand jury for aggravated robbery and aggravated kidnapping.

Xavier Lavar French, 18, is accused of pistol whipping a woman from behind as she was returning home from a late work shift June 29, according to a probable cause affidavit. The mother told Texarkana, Texas, police that she was getting out her keys when she was pistol whipped from behind in front of her apartment door in the 600 block of Champion Place.

The woman reported that she fell to the ground after being struck in the head. Her attacker allegedly pulled her up by her hair and continued to hit her with a gun as he demanded she open her apartment door. The woman said her assailant grabbed her young son, held him to his hip and pointed a gun to the child’s head while threatening to kill him and demanding money.

The woman said that she went to her bathroom where she kept a bag with cash. Unable to find the bag in the dark, the woman turned on the light. The woman reported that she threw the bag behind her and threw herself into the bathtub. While moving into the tub, the woman caught sight of the man behind her in a mirror and recognized him as someone she knows as, “X.”

Officers prepared a photo lineup including French and the woman allegedly selected him as the person who assaulted her and threatened her child.

French has been in jail since his arrest July 1. His bail is set at $200,000.

In addition to the new charges, French is facing additional time if motions to revoke probations he was serving at the time of his most recent arrest for burglary and evading arrest.

He is expected to appear later this month before 202nd District Judge John Tidwell for arraignment.

Aggravated robbery and aggravated kidnapping are each punishable by five to 99 years or life in prison.

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