Brittany Leigh Burfield’s clothing found at man’s house during unrelated domestic violence arrest in Third Ward, police say

HOUSTON — The investigation into an unrelated domestic violence case has led to the discovery of clothing belonging to Brittany Leigh Burfield, the 32-year-old Sugar Land resident who disappeared after leaving her mother's house more than three weeks ago.

Houston police arrested Alex Haggerty, 36, at his home Friday in the 3200 block of Drew Street near Nettleton Street.

He is charged with assault of a family member following an incident involving his girlfriend on May 9. Haggerty grabbed the woman by the neck and attempted to strangle the victim, according to court documents.

During the arrest, investigators found Burfield's clothing in the yard of the residence.

Homicide investigators emphasized Haggerty is not a suspect or person of interest in Burfield's disappearance. However, court documents pertaining to the suspect's bond note that Haggerty is "a suspect in a missing persons case."

Alex Haggerty, 26, is charged with assault of a family following an incident involving his girlfriend on May 9.

Haggerty is being held at the Harris County Jail on a $15,000 bond for the assault charge.

Burfield was last seen leaving her mother's house about 2 p.m. on June 25.

"[Haggerty] is someone that Brittany tried to help out. She's always out there to help the underdog. He was a friend of a friend of hers, and she'd been asked to help him and she tried, and she became fearful of him very early on," Burfield's mother Tricia Valentine said.

Valentine said when she went to Brittany's apartment, the door was unlocked and items of value were missing.

"If you bought anything from him or anyone else that may have come from her apartment— a big screen TV, a surround-sound system, a BluRay system, ZTE telephone— please call Crime Stoppers," Valentine said.