A tale of bravery of the victim and remarkable speed by West University police is emerging in the attack on a West U woman at her home Monday morning.
The victim is Claudia Velasco Osorio, first secretary for political issues at the Mexican Consulate in Houston, who encountered a man at her back door demanding money just before 8 a.m., police said.
Her maid made a 911 call, which was interrupted. That hang-up and audible screams prompted West U dispatch to send units to the home in the 3900 block of Browning Street – so rapidly, according to news accounts, that the first officer could hear the attack occurring.
Police arrested 51-year-old Arnold Martin, who reportedly has a criminal record including a 20-year prison sentence for armed robbery. They said Martin told them he had taken a bus to West U “looking to get some money for a drug addiction,” Sgt. Phil Clark, a West U detective, told KHOU News. “And when he got to that house, that particular residence, he was surprised that people were home.”
Velasco Osorio reportedly was chased through her home with Martin wielding a garden saw that she eventually managed to grab. She was transported to a hospital by West U paramedics, where she was being treated for non-life threatening wounds to her neck, arm and hands, according to reports.
“She fought hard,” Clark told KHOU. “She was very brave and was able to stay alive, thank God.”