Houston police are searching for a husband accused of beating and stabbing his pregnant wife before trying to set her on fire.
Texas (KTRK) -- Houston police are searching for a husband accused of
beating and stabbing his pregnant wife before trying to set her on fire.
Earl Mallard, 27, is charged with aggravated assault of a family
member, arson, and violation of a protective order. He has a lengthy
criminal history of family violence, theft and burglary.
Wednesday, police said Mallard forced his wife into his vehicle and
drove her to his father's house on Talton Street in northeast Houston.
There, he threatened to kill her in order to prevent her from testifying
against him, police said. He was out of jail on bond after being
charged in October for allegedly hitting and pushing down his wife.
to police, Mallard terrorized his wife, who is five months pregnant. He
stripped her naked, tied her up, beat her with a crowbar and stabbed
her on the sides of her stomach. Then, Mallard tried to set her on fire
by dousing her clothes with lighter fluid and throwing them at her,
court records state. Instead, the house caught fire and went up in
flames and Mallard took off from the scene. His wife managed to escape
and got help at a neighbor's house.
"At my door. She was completely naked, screaming, 'Someone, help me. Somebody is trying to kill me,'" Felix Delgado told ABC13.
and his wife covered her in blankets as they waited for first
responders. She was taken to the hospital in unknown condition, police
said. Just two weeks ago, Mallard was in court facing the previous
assault charge. The hearing officer pointed out his long history of
violent offenses before he disrupted the proceedings.
"This isn't the first time. You've seen my records. I've been through a protective order already," he said in an agitated voice.
The hearing officer admonished him.
posted bond after that hearing and, though he was prohibited from
seeing his wife, with whom he has two children and the one on the way,
police said he forced her into his vehicle on Wednesday, attacked her
and set his own father's house on fire.
Mallard remains at large.
Anyone with information on his whereabouts is urged to contact HPD
Major Assaults and Family Violence Division at 713-308-8800 or Crime