A Killeen man was arrested Wednesday after Bellmead police believe he broke into a woman's house and punched her in the face on Jan. 13, an arrest affidavit states.

Derrick Lanell Pulliam, 47, was arrested after police got a report of a burglary of a home on Jan. 13. Police spoke to a 27-year-old woman who said she was asleep when a light from a cellphone woke her up and she found Pulliam in her bedroom, the affidavit states.

The woman, who was in a relationship with Pulliam at the time, confronted him and asked what he was doing in her house. The affidavit states Pulliam accused the woman of lying to him, then punched her in the face, causing her to fall and lose consciousness.

Police determined Pulliam had entered the home through a garage door by breaking a latch off the frame that secured the door with a padlock, the affidavit states.

Officers investigated the case and received a warrant for Pulliam's arrest Wednesday. He was arrested on a second-degree felony charge of burglary of a habitation with intent to commit assault and booked into McLennan County Jail on Wednesday morning.

Pulliam was released from jail by Wednesday evening on bond listed at $20,000.

Kristin Hoppa has been covering public safety and breaking news for the Tribune-Herald since January 2016. She worked in Northwest Missouri covering crime-related issues before her move to Central Texas. She is a University of Kansas graduate.

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