HOUSTON (AP) — A 50-year-old Houston man has been arrested in an attack on a high-ranking Mexican diplomat during an attempted robbery at her Houston-area home.
Arnold Romell Martin is being held on a charge of aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon in the attack Monday on Claudia Velasco, the first secretary at the Mexican Consulate, at her house in West University Place.
Police say Martin attacked Velasco with a garden saw, leaving her with cuts to her hand and neck. He was still at the scene when police arrived in response to a 911 call.
Martin was paroled last year after serving a prison term for robbery. He's now back in jail, held without bond pending a court appearance scheduled for Wednesday.
Federal authorities also are investigating the incident.