Nacogdoches, TX (KYTX) -- The father accused of attacking his 16-year-old daughter's boyfriend with a machete, may face even more consequences after being booked in the county jail.
43-year-old Javier Garcia is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, but didn't give the boyfriend permission to be on the property. Neighbors say whatever the reason, he shouldn't have resorted to violence.
"Nobody should do that. I think that was wrong," Maria Rodriguez, who lives a few doors down the street from Garcia, said.
The mother of four children said she doesn't like the thought of violence happening so close to her kids. "Imagine if they're walking and see that? I just think that's scary and crazy," Rodriguez said.
The argument stemmed after Garcia found the 18-year-old in his daughter's bedroom Sunday night, after being told to leave. "The 18-year-old refused, at which point the homeowner took a machete and began to assault him," Nacogdoches Sheriff Thomas Kerss said.
According to Kerss, the 16-year-old, girl is pregnant with the alleged victim's baby. But even that doesn't grant him permission to be on the property. "It brings about the question does some legal defense for Mr. Garcia come into play in regards to the Castle Doctrine?" Kerss said.
The Castle Doctrine gives people the right to use deadly force if necessary if an intruder is in your home.
The alleged victim suffered only minor scratches from the attack, and could actually face criminal trespassing charges as the investigation continues.
Garcia is now under an immigration hold, in addition to the local charges, since he has been found to be in the country illegally.