Woman sentenced for attack on Longview pediatrician

Woman sentenced for attack on Longview pediatrician
Crystal Ausborn. (Source: Gregg County Jail)

Released by Gregg County District Attorney's Office: 

GREGG COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - Late Wednesday evening, a Gregg County Jury found Crystal Ausborn guilty and sentenced her to five years in the Institutional Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for Unlawful Restraint and 24 months State jail for Burglary of a Building for an assault on a local pediatrician.

Assistant District Attorneys Debbie Garrett and Tanya Reed represented the State of Texas during the trial in the 188th District Court.

On March 13, 2017, a pediatrician with the Diagnostic Clinic of Longview was working after hours in her private office on the third floor of 707 Hollybrook.

She was alone on the pediatric floor finishing her charting for the day when Crystal Ausborn entered her office unexpectedly and began hitting and punching the pediatrician about the head and face.

During the course of the assault, the defendant knocked the pediatrician to the ground, pulled her sweater up over her face making it difficult to breathe, took the landline phone cord and wrapped it around the doctor's neck and sat on the doctor while continuing the assault.

At some point during the attack, the defendant dumped the contents of the doctor's purse on the floor and when she did the doctor tried to grab her cell phone to call the police.

The defendant grabbed the cell phone and prevented her from calling 911. Toward the end of the assault, the doctor offered the defendant her wallet asking her if she wanted it. The defendant told the doctor to get out of her head. The defendant finally left the office and fled the building.

The pediatrician called 911.

Longview Police Officer Syndi Howell was the first officer to respond, along with LPD Officer Kevin Grubbs and emergency medical personnel. The pediatrician was treated at Longview Regional Hospital.

Dr. Jerry Jenkins and Dr. Harold Taylor testified at the trial as to the injuries sustained, which included a broken rib.

Eighteen hours prior to the assault, Crystal Ausborn was caught on surveillance video knocking the doctor's photograph off the wall. Andy Williamson, the lead security officer for Longview Regional Hospital and Paul Adams, director of Longview Regional Plant operations, testified about the Longview Regional Hospital incident.