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Police: ETX teen attacks female friend, asks witness to help ditch body

Tate Earnest Nelson. Photo Source: Rusk County Sheriff's Office. Tate Earnest Nelson. Photo Source: Rusk County Sheriff's Office.
KILGORE, TX (KLTV) -

Late Tuesday evening, the Rusk County Sheriff's Office was dispatched to a Kilgore home in reference to an assault.

Upon arrival at the residence on CR 167D, deputies found the 18-year-old female victim lying on the floor, face-down, and short of breath.

Before being transported to the hospital, the victim shared her story with deputies.

According to the Rusk County Sheriff's Office, the victim stated that her friend, Tate Earnest Nelson, 17, of Longview, asked for a ride to a basketball game in Longview, that both had planned on attending.

Officials say Nelson asked the victim to pull over on CR 167D, so he could use the restroom. The victim told deputies when Nelson returned to the car, Nelson began to choke and assault her.

Authorities say Nelson removed the unconscious victim from the car, stomped her in the head, and walked away, leaving the victim alone on the side of the road.

A witness told deputies that Nelson approached them and expressed that he thought he had killed the victim, and needed help to get rid of the body. After the witness refused to help, the victim was spotted crawling towards a nearby residence. At this point, officials say Nelson fled the scene in the victim's car.

The victim was able to reach the door of the residence and have the homeowner call 911.

The victim's phone--equipped with GPS, was inside of the stolen vehicle. Authorities were able to utilize the GPS to determine Nelson was traveling westbound on I-20 near Canton.

Rusk County Sheriff's Deputies notified Canton Police and The Van Zandt County Sheriff's Office, who were able to intercept the vehicle. After a short pursuit, authorities deployed spikes, and took Nelson into custody.

Nelson is in the Van Zandt County Jail charged with Aggravated Robbery with Serious Bodily injury.

The woman is at home recuperating from injuries sustained in the assault, according to Rusk County Sheriff's Department. Her name will not be released at this time.

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