A Southmayd couple who were discovered walking naked down a street as their home burned back in May was indicted on a list of charges this week including arson, assault of a peace officer, abandon or endangering a child and possession of marijuana.
The indictments are formal charges and are not an indication of guilt.
Michael Ouellette, 49, and Shannon Ouellette, 43,were arrested for felony assault on a peace officer, felony child endangerment and resisting arrest.
At the time of the incident, Southmayd Police Chief Chad McKee said he and other officers were dispatched to the family’s residence after receiving reports from neighbors that the Ouellette’s home was on fire. Neighbors said the parents and their 13-year-old daughter left without wearing any clothes and told them it was the “wrath of God" and the “end times,” before walking to nearby Highway 56.
The chief said he attempted to make contact with the family along the highway and the father attacked him.
“I was charged at by the male and that’s when I was struck,” McKee said. “Due to the adult female also coming over, to try to intervene while I was in the scuffle with the man, that’s when I backed off. We let them walk off and followed as we waited for backup.”
McKee said the mother, father and daughter walked through several fields before officers attempted to restrain them. However, McKee said the mother bit another officer on the hand, and the father was largely able to resist officers’ attempts to disable him.
“We ended up tazing the male several times with very little effect,” McKee said. “He just continued on.”
The three were eventually all taken into custody. The parents were taken to Wilson N. Jones Regional Medical Center for evaluation and booked into the Grayson County Jail. The girl was taken to a hospital in Plano. Several fire agencies responded to the fire at the family’s home.
Flames burned a detached carport and the outside of the house. Crews found combustible material near the fire and contacted the Plano Police Department Bomb Squad after discovering bags with wires in and around them. Residents who lived on the street were evacuated for three hours while the bags were X-rayed and determined not to be a threat.
Shannon Ouellette is currently being held on bonds ranging from $1,500 to $20,000. No attorney of record is listed for her on the Grayson County Judicial Records website.
Michael Ouellette could not be found in the Grayson County Judicial Records website under the jail or bond pages.
Herald Democrat reporter Drew Smith contributed to this report.