A Crockett man has been charged with aggravated kidnapping and assault following an investigation into the abduction and beating of a local woman.
On Saturday May 5, 2012, officers from the Crockett Police Department were dispatched to a residence on Sallas Street in reference to a disturbance. The caller reported that an ambulance was needed at the residence.
Once officers arrived at the residence, they made contact with the victim, Tiffany McKnight, 31, of Crockett. McKnight had numerous lacerations on her legs, hands and neck.
McKnight reported that her boyfriend, Archie Pervis, 42, of Crockett, was allegedly responsible for her injuries. It was reported that Pervis was driving when he saw McKnight walking down the street, he stopped his vehicle and then forced McKnight into his vehicle at knife point. Pervis then allegedly drove to an unknown location, possibly a dirt road in the county, where he allegedly assaulted McKnight. After the assault, Pervis is said to have put McKnight back into the vehicle and drove back to his residence on Sallas Street. Upon their arrival a concerned citizen called the police.
Pervis was detained and an ambulance from the East Texas Medical Center was cleared to enter the scene. McKnight was transported to the Emergency Room at the East Texas Medical Center in Crockett where she was treated for her injuries. After an investigation was conducted, Pervis was placed under arrest and transported to the Houston County Jail where he was charged with Aggravated Assault With a Deadly Weapon and Aggravated Kidnapping both first degree felonies. If convicted of either charge, Pervis could receive a sentence of life or a term of 5 to 99 years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and up to a $10,000 fine.