Family says suspect in homicide investigation was abusive

COLLEGE STATION, Tex. (KBTX) -- College Station Police are still asking for the public's help after a woman was found dead in an apartment on Monday. Investigators say they don't know how 39 year-old Theia Flakes died, but are investigating a homicide and want the public to be on the lookout for 54 year-old Terry Ratliff.

Police have a warrant to arrest Ratlliff for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. They say he could still be driving a grey Chevy Impala with Texas plates.

Investigators were still on scene Tuesday morning searching for any evidence that may lead to what killed 39 year-old Theia Flakes.

"It was pretty surprising. It's not something you expect to hear about happening at the place where you live," said neighbor Jeremy Ware.

Ware lives in the same apartment complex with his wife and two kids. He didn't know Flakes or Ratliff, but says the incident doesn't make him feel safe.

"It doesn't make me feel good about the area, that's for sure," Ware said.

Flakes' family tells KBTX Ratliff and Flakes were in a relationship and living together. They say Ratliff often verbally abused Flakes, but they never thought it would end this way.

"It’s a homicide investigation. We believe he was there at the residence, however, we don't know the entire circumstances behind it,” said Craig Anderson with the College Station Police Department. “So just because we believe he was there, until we get that person, interview him, get more evidence, then we can't say that's the person who committed the offense."

Police say Ratliff isn’t a threat to the community. They currently have enough evidence to charge him with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

"We believe it's an isolated incident that he went to that particular apartment to speak with that particular female and then after the incident occurred, he left," Anderson said.

Police are still searching for Ratliff and following up on leads. If you have any information about where he might be, call the College Station Police Department.