Police arrested 33-year-old Baytown man Franco Cruz at 10 p.m. Sunday and charged him with assault after they say he threatened to kill, punched, and choked the 31-year-old mother of his children in the police department lobby. Police said the victim was driving Cruz home from a family gathering where he had become intoxicated. Cruz threatened to kill the victim and her children before she changed course and began driving to the Baytown Police Department for help. An officer observed the assault occurring and intervened. 

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