Suspect arrested in transgender drag queen sex assault case

Christi Long (KXAN Photo/Juan Salinas)
Christi Long (KXAN Photo/Juan Salinas)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Nearly eight months after a popular transgender drag queen reported she was raped and attacked by a man, Austin police say they have made an arrest in the case.

The alleged sexual assault happened on Sunday, May 28, 2017 at the victim’s south Austin home. When KXAN spoke to Christi Long, a transgender woman who performs as a drag queen known as Christi Foxx Paris, last year, she said the suspect — identified by police as 29-year-old Eric Nelson — used a hammer to beat her after he allegedly sexually assaulted her following a “hookup” at her home.

“Just because you’re turned down by a transsexual woman, does not give you reason to beat her in the back of the head with a hammer,” said Long in May.

Long suffered injuries that required a dozen staples to the back of her head. Long says even though she was going in and out of consciousness, she says she was able to escape and run down the stairs and grab a knife.

“I just ran out the door, just naked,” she explained. “I was holding the knife still and then I was going to run to my neighbor’s house two doors down.”

DNA was turned in immediately after the assault and Austin police was notified of a match to Nelson after the sample was processed. Austin police said Wednesday, following a massive backlog at the APD DNA lab, they were now processing cases much faster than before.

Nelson, who was arrested Wednesday and booked into the Bell County Jail, is being charged with sexual assault and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Police say that Nelson resides in Central Texas, but not Austin.

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