Police: Man threatened Freebirds employees
Police arrested a man accused of threatening to kill everyone Wednesday at a burrito restaurant in South Austin.
Melvin Jones, 43, was booked in the Travis County Jail on Thursday on two charges of making a terrorist threat. He remained in custody Friday with bail set at $20,000.
Jones was at the Freebirds World Burrito on South Lamar near Ben White Boulevard, where his girlfriend works, on Wednesday morning when the woman told her manager that Jones was stalking and harassing her, according to an affidavit for his arrest.
The manager went outside to call 911 when Jones approached him and demanded to know if he was calling the police, the affidavit says. When officers arrived, they couldn’t find Jones, but about 30 minutes later, he started calling the restaurant and asking to speak to the manager.
He told the manager that the voices in his head were telling him to kill everyone in the restaurant, the affidavit says. The manager hung up but Jones called back several times, the affidavit says, saying things like “I am going to kill you and everyone up there” and “I deal in explosives and you can’t watch all Freebirds all the time.”
Jones also called the restaurant’s corporate office several times and made similar threats, the affidavit says, and at one point tried to convince them that the employee he was dating was on drugs and a bank robber.
A SWAT team was dispatched to his home and he was arrested without incident.
— Ciara O’Rourke, American-Statesman
Man accused of holding visitor at gunpoint
A Hutto man has been arrested on charges of holding a driver at gunpoint in a local cemetery.
The incident started Aug. 10 as a man drove his car in the Lutheran cemetery at 550 County Road 135 in Hutto, which is adjacent to the house of the driver’s cousins, the arrest warrant said.
When Elmer Walton saw the car, he approached with a flashlight and a 9 mm handgun, the warrant said. Walton lives next door to the cemetery, the warrant said. The driver stopped and Walton tapped on the window of the vehicle and then “pulled his gun” on the driver, said the warrant.
Walton told the driver to get out of the car or he would “shoot him dead,” the warrant said. The driver told Walton that he was going to his cousins’ house but then Walton pointed the gun at the man’s face, according to the warrant.
Walton threatened to kill the man several times and then called 911 to say he was keeping the driver on the scene, the warrant said.
A Williamson County Sheriff’s deputy who later interviewed Walton asked him if he would have shot the driver. Walton didn’t answer at first, but then said “he did not know,” according to the warrant.
Walton was arrested Aug. 10 on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and was released the same day after posting $20,000 bail.
— Claire Osborn, American-Statesman