Bryan Miller, 58, is charged with murder in the death of Crystal Lynn Patterson, 36, of Galveston, court records show.
TEXAS CITY, Texas – An ex-husband is accused of stabbing his wife to death while working at a convenience store along Route 146 on Monday night, according to the Texas City Police Department.
Brian Edward Miller, 58, is charged with murder in the death of Crystal Lynn Patterson, 36, of Galveston, court documents show.
EDITOR’S NOTE: The above video is from a report prior to Miller’s arrest.
The incident occurred just after 9:30 p.m. at the Time Wise Shell on the 400 block of Highway 146 South. Officers responded to the call with a stab and found an employee unconscious and not breathing.
The employee was later identified as Patterson by investigators. Texas City Police said EMS arrived at the scene and confirmed the victim was dead.
Investigators said the suspect took off in a car and headed north on Route 146.
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The Texas City Police Dispatch later said it received a call just after 10 p.m. from a man stating that his friend, identified as Miller, told him he had stabbed his wife.
Police intervened at Miller’s residence in the 900 block of Lane Road and arrested him without incident.
A longtime neighbor said he knew Miller and had seen the police.
“My wife woke me up and told me there were police cars with lights on in front of the house,” said Jerry Cooper, a neighbor. “I wonder what’s going on and I thought Brian had to really go for something this time.”
Employees at the gas station said Patterson hadn’t worked there for a long time and were saddened by what had happened.
Miller is being held at Texas City Jail and awaiting transfer to Galveston County Jail. His bond was set at $ 250,000.
Cases of domestic and family violence in the Houston area have increased at an alarming rate. Victims often suffer in silence because they feel fearful, helpless or ashamed.
If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, here are some quiet ways to seek help.
The Houston Area Women’s Center has a 24-hour hotline for victims of domestic violence at 713-528-2121 or 1-800-256-0551.
The Family Time Crisis Center can also be reached 24 hours a day at 281-446-2615.
The national domestic violence helpline is 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).
Crisis text line: Text HOME to 741741.