Huntington man accused of threatening deputy

Rodney Durham mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail.
Rodney Durham mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail.

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Lufkin Police have arrested a Huntington man accused of threatening a deputy at Applebee's in Lufkin.

Rodney Willis Durham, 30, is charged with retaliation.

According to an arrest warrant affidavit, an officer arrived at the restaurant on Aug. 29, at 9:31 p.m., in reference to a disturbance.

The officer spoke to Angelina County Sheriff's Deputy Billy Joe Murphy, who said he was sitting at a table with his mother and sister when Durham walked to the table and told Murphy that he "had something for him" and "let's take it outside."

Murphy said he told Durham to calm down and leave, but Durham continued to challenge him and told him he "was going to get a gun." Murphy was able to record about five seconds of the incident on cellphone, and a recording showed Durham saying "let's go outside" in an aggressive manner, according to the report.

Murphy had to stop recording on the phone in order to call 911 as Durham continued to get more aggressive, according to the report. Once Murphy called police, Durham left the business, according to the report.

The officer then spoke with a bartender in the restaurant who said Durham told her he was going to "beat the hell out of BJ and his mother and his sister."  She said Durham told her he was mad at Murphy because he came to his house on a law enforcement manner. The bartender then confirmed Murphy's statements.

The officer then told Murphy he would stay at an adjacent parking lot and watch the area while doing paperwork until Murphy left, to make sure there were not anymore problems. Murphy then drove up to the officer and told him he received a text message saying Durham was watching him with the officer. The officer then located a vehicle matching the description of Durham's in front of Best Buy. He then drove toward the vehicle and found Durham inside, according to the report.

The officer reported noticing a distinct odor of alcohol on Durham's breath. He asked him for his side of the story and said Durham told him that Murphy "began running his mouth off" to him and Durham told him they could go outside or deal with it in Huntington.

The officer arrested Durham for public intoxication.

A further investigation showed that Huntington Police and deputies were dispatched once to check on Durham's children at the residence when Durham was arrested in May.

Police obtained a warrant for Durham's arrest on Aug. 31. He was booked into the Angelina County Jail on Tuesday and released on a $7,500 bail bond.

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