AUSTIN: Father in a coma after defending daughter from her boyfriend


An Austin father is in the hospital with life-threatening injuries after court documents suggest he tried to defend his daughter from her boyfriend.

According to an arrest warrant, Jaime Apodaca, 24, assaulted the father of his girlfriend of about one month. Eric Garcia, the victim, reportedly defended his adult daughter, after Apodaca was allegedly yelling at her, calling her derogatory names and accusing her of cheating on him.

Eric Garcia reportedly confronted the man in a bedroom of the Garcia home, where Apodaca had been staying. Apodaca is said to have punched Eric first and then the daughter, as she tried to pull her boyfriend away from him.

Apodaca’s punch knocked one of the woman’s teeth out and onto the hallway stairs, where the fight continued. At this point, Eric had been knocked to the ground several times and Apodaca was reportedly repeatedly beating the man as his daughter screamed for him to stop.

At the bottom of the stairs, the woman was pushed into a shoe rack so hard that it broke.

The fight continued outside the house – where Apodaca allegedly punched Eric to the ground. The father hit his head so hard on the concrete that blood leaked out onto the sidewalk.

Garcia’s injuries are listed as a skull fracture, an intracranial trauma and a herniated brain.

Family members and a close friend of Garcia told KXAN News on Monday that Garcia was in a coma and he may not come out of it.

“He tried to split up a fight. He was such a quiet, nice, humble person, you know. He didn’t really deserve what happened to him,” Rock Schouman, Garcia’s friend said.

“It’s not looking good right now. Current diagnosis – there’s not really a lot of brain function happening. He was dead for 15 minutes before the paramedics could actually bring him back.”

According to Travis County Jail records, Apodaca is charged with:

a second degree felony charge of aggravated assault with serious bodily injury

assault causing bodily injury

assault causing bodily injury to a family member, and

evading arrest/detention

His bond totals about $144,010. At last report Monday evening, he remains in jail. It appears he has not yet obtained a defense attorney.

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