HOUSTON— Additional charges have been filed against a 21-year-old man who allegedly assaulted his pregnant girlfriend outside her job at a Popeye’s in west Harris County back in June. Joshua Adan Lopez was arrested Thursday for also assaulting the victim’s co-worker, according to court documents.
Investigators said on June 14, Lopez attacked his 20-year-old girlfriend when she arrived to the restaurant, where she worked as a manager, in the 15000 block of FM 529. Witnesses said he snatched her out of her truck and started hitting her all over her body. The woman was five months pregnant at the time.
“I saw her ex-boyfriend pull her by her hair and hitting her, trying to drag her out to the truck. I had to go out there and stop him from hitting her. Especially when she is at work, he’s not supposed to be here,” said Tre’ Gunier, another Popeye’s employee.
It’s unclear what the two were arguing about that day, but witnesses said the mother-to-be tried to break free and could barely breathe.
“She was gasping, throwing up. He was hitting her, yeah, in the stomach and everything. He went for the weapon and I yelled for her to get inside,” said Gunier.
Lopez allegedly hurled a boat anchor in their direction.
“He tried to throw the hook at me, it missed and went inside,” said Gunier.
When the suspect threw the anchor, it hit the front door of the restaurant, shattering the door. The fighting didn’t end there. Lopez began to scuffle with Gunier, but was no match for the Popeye’s employee.
“Anytime he punched I blocked, I moved his hand away from anything vital,” Gunier said.
Gunier, a black belt in martial arts, got Lopez on the ground, but the suspect still managed to leave before cops arrived. He was taken into custody about two hours later at Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, where he was trying to check on the victim. The mother and baby were expected to be OK.
Gunier was being hailed a hero by his co-workers for stepping in.
On the day of the attack, Lopez was charged with assaulting a family member, but more charges were added later.
For attacking Gunier, Lopez was charged with aggravated assault and his bail was set at $30,000.