College Station murder suspect has sexual assault background

COLLEGE STATION, Tex. (KBTX) -- Police have charged 54-year-old Terry Ratliff with murder and tampering with evidence in the death of a 39-year-old Theia Flakes in College Station.

Ratliff surrendered last night in Midland County, where he has been arrested four other times before. The most recent charge was for aggravated sexual assault in 2014. The other charges are criminal mischief in 2000, and both criminal nonsupport and parole violation in 2009.

On Tuesday, the front door of Flakes' apartment was boarded up. Neighbors say there was a lot of activity in that unit in the days leading up to Flakes' death.

"It started on Saturday evening when I heard the screaming and crying, and it carried on through Sunday," said Silvia Olson, who lives nearby.

Olson said she thought the family was just having a small argument. Now, she says she wishes she would have called police.

"It was just from the walls, you could hear it. Me sitting on my patio, I could hear it too, where it was coming from. I just thought maybe it was something typical," Olson said.

Olson said neighborhood kids usually play between apartments, but the last 48 hours have been a ghost town.

"It's been very silent the last day and a half, very eerie," Olson said.

Others say Flakes’ death has them on edge.

"Something like that happening in the apartments like that, it's kind of crazy to think about,” neighbor, Stacy Bradford continued. “I feel really bad for the daughter for her to see her mother like that. I feel bad for the kid, but I’m kind of curious what happened."

Ratliff is still at the Midland County Jail, but Brazos County has plans to bring him here.