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ETX woman survives terrifying incident with delusional attacker

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There are new charges for the Tyler man arrested Wednesday after assaulting multiple people.

Alvord Martin, 23, is now facing additional charges of assaulting a public servant, exposing himself and burglary of a building. This all started around 7 a.m. Wednesday morning when Martin allegedly threatened a woman in a Tyler office.

Then, police said he ran onto the Robert E. Lee campus, causing more havoc. Afterwards, police said Martin went to another office building where he assaulted a woman.

That woman asked KLTV to not reveal her name, but she wants to tell her story to help protect other women.

"I was going down a long hall and he was right behind me and I didn't know it," the woman said.

She said she was walking back from the vending machine and found herself alone in the hallway with Martin.

"He jerked the potato chips out of my hand and stomped on them and said, 'That was agent orange' and I had just tried to kill him. Then he put his hands around my neck and pinned me against the wall and said, 'Abigail, you've killed too many people don't you remember?' And I said, 'No, I'm not Abigail,'" she explained.

This victim said she tried to calm Martin down. When he demanded her jewelry and clothing she agreed. Then, she saw a couple of men standing by the elevator and she developed a plan.

"Then he said, 'Abigail do you want to come home with me?' and I said, 'yes' because I knew we would walk towards the elevator and I could get help from the two men. He had me right against him with his arm around me, so I couldn't get away," she explained.

She walked by a gentleman in the building and, fortunately, her plan worked.

"I said, 'I've got to go to work now I'll see you tonight' and he let me go," she said.

She now has advice for others.

"Remain calm and just think how you are going to get out of the situation," she advises.

Tyler police said it is difficult to advise people on how to handle a situation like this, because every incident is different, but one thing is certain.

"She is very fortunate, absolutely," said Don Martin with the Tyler Police Department. 

Alive and unharmed, she credits God for her safety and hopes others can learn from her terrifying experience.

Police said they chased Martin onto Loop 323 in Tyler where they made the arrest.

Martin is now behind bars in Smith county charged with burglary of a vehicle, resisting arrest, search or transportation, evading arrest, two counts of assault, criminal mischief, aggravated assault against a public servant, burglary of a building, and exposing himself with to a child.

His bonds total $276,500.

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