CYPRESS, Texas — Harris County Constables are searching for a now former softball coach accused of attacking a woman during a game Saturday.
James Schmidt faces assault charges after allegedly pushing 59-year-old Donna Edwards to the ground in an attempt to take her phone.
Edwards says she was recording the antics of a young teen who was cursing and disrupting the game. In the footage, the teen is seen flipping off Edwards moments before Schmidt stormed off the field and confronted her.
Edwards later realized the teen was Schmidt’s son.
Edwards says her adult son stepped in and pulled the coach off his mother before getting into a fight with Schmidt.
“He wanted to fight. He didn’t care who he was going to fight. Whether it was a 40-year-old man or a 60-year-old woman, it didn’t matter,” said Edwards.
The video evidence was enough for Harris County Constables to charge Schmidt with assault.
Edwards has been going to the same fields for the past 40 years and says this is the first time she’s ever felt threatened. She encourages Schmidt to do what’s right and turn himself in before making matters any worse.
“I hope he gets some help as a person. I feel really sad that he has to go through this, but he cannot be abusive to little girls, parents, other people that don’t do what he wants them to do. He’s a bully,” said Schmidt.
Schmidt has been barred from coaching and from softball fields in Harris County, according to the Cy-Fair Texas Sting Memorial organization.
Constables also issued a protective order to keep him away from Edwards.
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