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Woman Allegedly Attacks Husband After He Didn’t Respond When She Asked If She’s Pretty

By Venus Upadhayaya

A Texas woman allegedly attacked her common-law husband after he didn’t respond to her question—if she looked pretty!

Police arrested 20-year-old, Lizeth Guadalupe Ramirez on the night of April 9 from her home in Laredo, in the 6400 block of Casa Del Sol Boulevard, reported the Laredo Morning Times.

The husband and wife had different versions of the incident, according to the Laredo police. Ramirez said that her husband had assaulted her and tried to strangle her.

Her husband told authorities that the couple was at a movie when Ramirez asked if she looked pretty. The husband said he couldn’t hear her and she became agitated.

It soon boiled into something serious and to avoid a confrontation the couple decided to go home. The husband told police that Ramirez assaulted him many times while he was driving and she continued to hit him when they reached home.

At home, Ramirez allegedly pushed and hit him. A relative tried to intervene between the couple but Ramirez hit that person as well.

Police charged her with two counts of assault and family violence. She was released on Thursday on a $16,000 bond.

Violent Crime Up in Texas in 2017

In Texas, according to the FBI, the violent crime rate rose in 2017, reported the Texas Tribune.

The agency noted that there were only 1.5 officers for every 1,000 Texas residents in 2017, which is down from two Texas officers for every 1,000 residents in 2016.

In September 2018, the FBI said Americans committed fewer violent and property crimes across the United States in 2017, according to statistics. The violent crime rate—including offenses such as murder, robbery, and aggravated assault—dropped by almost 1 percent and is still about 4 percent above the 2014 rate. The murder rate dropped by 0.7 percent.

“There were more than 1.2 million violent crimes reported to [the FBI] nationwide in 2017. There was a 0.7 percent decrease in murders and a 4 percent decrease in robberies from 2016 to 2017. Aggravated assaults increased 1 percent in 2017. The FBI began collecting data solely on an updated rape definition last year, and 135,755 rapes were reported to law enforcement in 2017,” the agency said.

Of the estimated 17,284 murders in 2017, more than half occurred in larger cities—with populations of more than 100,000.

There are fewer than 300 such cities in the United States, and while they account for less than 30 percent of the country’s population, many of them contribute far beyond their share to national crime rates and have done so for years, even decades.

While the national murder rate inched down to 5.3 per 100,000 residents, it spiked by 15 percent in Philadelphia, to a rate of more than 20 per 100,000 residents. Columbus, Ohio, saw a massive 54 percent murder rate increase, reaching nearly 16.3 per 100,000 residents.

The murder rate in St. Louis rose by more than 10 percent and reached 66 per 100,000 residents—the highest among larger cities.

Baltimore’s murder rate rose by nearly 8.5 percent, reaching some 56 per 100,000 residents.