Man arrested for assaulting stranger and first responder

SHERMAN, Tex. (KXII) - Sherman police called an attack at an apartment complex that injured two people random, as the victim has no connections to the suspect.

Police said they got the call Friday around 1 p.m. from someone at the Hilltop Village apartments.

The caller told dispatchers a stranger, now identified as Anthony Futrell Jr., walked up to him, started punching him and pushed him to the ground.

"When officers arrived they located the suspect in a nearby apartment, he seemed to be in medical distress so they summoned EMS to come to his aid," Sherman police Sgt. Brett Mullen said.

Futrell was being put in an ambulance when police said he punched a firefighter in the stomach.

One neighbor said this was not the first time a random act of violence happened at the complex.

"I was in a situation where a young man threatened me out here, threatened to shoot me and to shoot up my apartment complex," Joel Thomas said.

Thomas claims he was threatened by a different man at the same apartments, again randomly, about a month ago.

He said his daughter was the one who told him what had happened on Friday, and he isn't surprised.

"It's a few bad people that try to ruin it for everyone out here," Thomas said.

Futrell was arrested for assault causing bodily injury and assault of EMS personnel.

Police believe he was on drugs.

"It was determined that he was under the influence of some sort of illicit substance that was causing his irrational behavior," Sgt. Mullen said.

Police said both men Futrell is charged with assaulting didn't have more than cuts and bruises.

Hilltop Village apartments said they could not comment on the situation.

Futrell is being held in the Grayson County Jail with a bond of $23,000.