Daws, Riley indicted for assault on cop

Published 3:28 pm Friday, February 10, 2017

The estranged wife of a Port Arthur police officer and the woman’s boyfriend have been indicted on charges in connection with a knife attack on the officer.

Kelly Daws, 44, of Silsbee, was arrested on Thursday and indicted for criminal conspiracy and criminal solicitation. Bond was set at $50,000 for each change and she has since bonded out of jail. Her boyfriend, Joal Morgan Riley, 46, of Woodville, was indicted by a Jefferson County grand jury on a second-degree aggravated assault charge on Wednesday.

A probable cause affidavit for the arrest of Daws and Riley stated that Daws was stressed over the impending divorce from her estranged husband and that she spoke with Riley, her boyfriend, multiple times about “getting rid” of the officer.

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Riley had reportedly conducted surveillance on the officer prior to the attack.

Port Arthur police received a 911 call around 6:30 p.m. Dec. 22 about an aggravated assault on a police officer at Willow Lakes Apartments, 2555 95th St. The officer, who was off-duty, answered a knock at his door and was confronted by a man later identified as Riley. The man used a large hunting type knife to assault the officer, cutting him on his arms several times.

At one point Joal Morgan Riley allegedly told the officer he would have to kill him now that he saw his face, according to the affidavit.

The injured officer was able to escape and run for help. He was sent to St. Elizabeth in Beaumont for treatment and was released the next day.

An indictment is not a final conviction of guilt; it is only a ruling by the grand jury that allows the district attorney’s office to proceed with a criminal case.