Man allegedly attacked tenant with knife and car, police say

AUSTIN - A man has been accused of slashing his tenant's throat with a knife and trying to run her over with his car after a heated argument, police said.

Court documents say William Shelley, 30, rented a shack to a woman on his property, located along the 7600 block of Old Bee Cave Road. On Dec. 4, Shelley and the victim had ongoing arguments throughout the afternoon about other people on the property causing disturbances, police said. Around 9 p.m., police say the arguments resumed and Shelley allegedly punched the victim twice in the face.

According to the affidavit, after the second punch, the victim's dog started to nip at Shelley's feet, which prompted him to allegedly swing his six-inch knife at the dog. The victim allegedly picked up an empty tequila bottle and hit Shelley's arm to protect her dog. Shelley then allegedly swung the knife at the victim, slashing her neck and causing a four-inch laceration that required treatment at the hospital.

APD alleged in the affidavit that Shelley got into his car and began driving towards the victim's dog. The victim threw a rock in an attempt to stop him from hitting the dog, and Shelley allegedly began driving toward the woman. Police said in the affidavit that the woman jumped out of the way, and Shelley struck the victim's car before fleeing on foot.

Shelley has been charged with felony aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and felony aggravated assault with a motor vehicle. His total bond has been set at $150,000, and online records at the Travis County Jail do not list him as an inmate as of Monday afternoon.

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