- By Claire Osborn American-Statesman Staff
A man has been accused of pulling a gun on two teenagers and a child in Granger in January while posing as a Texas Parks and Wildlife officer, according to an arrest affidavit.
Stephen Pustejovsky Jr. of Granger was charged with impersonating a public servant, a third-degree felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
One of the children said he was fishing on the San Gabriel River off County Road 391 on government-owned property with his two friends on the night of Jan. 5 when a man — later identified as Pustejovsky — shined a flashlight at them and told them to put their hands up, the affidavit said. Pustejovsky demanded to see their fishing licenses, according to the affidavit. Pustejovsky told two of the children, who were 15, that they needed to have licenses, it said.
When the teens asked to see his credentials, Pustejovsky said he wasn’t required to show them and then said he was an officer with Parks and Wildlife, the affidavit said.
It said Pustejovsky told the children his name and also said he was going to show them his government-issued 9 mm pistol, which he then pulled out of his pocket.
Pustejovsky, who lived near the river where the children were fishing, had called a game warden earlier that night saying someone had threatened him on the phone and was coming to get him, the affidavit said.
The game warden went to meet him and found an unloaded 9 mm pistol with a flashlight attached to it in Pustejovsky’s pocket, the document said.
When questioned about the incident five days later, the affidavit said, Pustejovsky told the game warden that hadn’t been “win the right state of mind because he was drinking alcohol.” He said he told the children he was a game warden because “if it was someone who wanted to hurt him, they would be scared and not mess with a game warden,” according to the document.
It said Pustejovsky said he used the flashlight on his pistol to light his way but that once he got close to the children he put it in his pocket. Pustejovsky was charged Jan. 31 and booked into the Williamson County Jail on Thursday. He was released from jail later Thursday after posting bail of $10,000.