ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Angelina County Sheriff's deputies arrested a 20-year-old Lufkin man on a criminal mischief warrant Monday after he allegedly damaged the pickup of another young man he believed had slept with a friend's female acquaintance.
Austin Blake Cates, 20, of Lufkin, was charged with criminal mischief between $1,500 and $20,000, which is a third-degree felony. He was released from the Angelina County Jail after he posted a bond of $3,500.
According to the arrest affidavit, the warrant was issued because Cates allegedly caused $1,579.93 worth of damages to a 2001 Chevrolet pickup.
The incident occurred at about 11 p.m. on Sept. 29. The affidavit stated that the complainant and his girlfriend were driving down Old Bonner Road in Angelina County when they saw a white, 4-door Dodge dually parked on the side of the road.
The complainant stopped and spoke with the driver of the dually, who was later identified as Cates. In addition, the dually also had three identified men, including a friend of the complainant's, and two unidentified women in it, according to police reports.
Cates told the complainant that they were "mudding" and asked if he wanted to join them, the affidavit stated. The affidavit stated that the complainant declined and drove away. According to a statement by a witness, one of the other young men in the truck asked if the complainant had slept with a female acquaintance.
The witness told the other young man that he did not know. At that point, the second man told Cates to "catch up" to the complainant, "so he could find out" the affidavit stated. Cates then allegedly started following the complainant at an unsafe distance. Meanwhile, a passenger in Cates' truck started throwing full cans of beer at the pickup driven by the complainant, according to the affidavit.
Once the complainant reached the pavement near the "Old Chip Mill" on Highway 103 East, he stopped. At that time, Cates pulled alongside the passenger side of the other young man's truck. The witness told the Angelina County Sheriff's Office investigator that Cates parked at an angle in front of the complainant's truck in an attempt to keep him from leaving, according to the affidavit.
According to the affidavit, Cates and one of his male passengers jumped out of the dually and allegedly started yelling at the complainant. Then complainant drove away. He told the ASCO investigator that as he did, something struck his passenger door, causing a large dent. In his statement, the witness told the ACSO investigator that Cates was the only person standing near enough to cause the damage at the time the dent was made.