A Bellmead man was arrested Wednesday after he attacked his girlfriend while driving home from a bar Tuesday, then left her unconscious in the vehicle and went into his home and tried to wash away blood from the attack, an arrest affidavit states.

Bellmead police arrested Leonard Allen Graham III, 33, at his home Wednesday afternoon on a second-degree felony charge of aggravated assault and a third-degree felony charge of tampering with evidence.

While Graham was driving, he punched his 22-year-old girlfriend, breaking her nose and causing bleeding, according to the affidavit. He moved her to the driver's seat and left her bleeding, unconscious and alone, the affidavit states.

"The defendant then went into his residence, showered, and started washing his clothes, which he admitted were bloodstained," the affidavit states.

A young boy walking home after being dropped off by a school bus Tuesday afternoon saw the woman in the vehicle and told his mother to call police because the woman was "bloody and needed help," Bellmead Lt. Brenda Kinsey said. 

Graham was arrested and taken to McLennan County Jail. He was released by Thursday on bond listed at $15,000.

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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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