NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Nacogdoches Police officers arrested a 59-year-old after he allegedly assaulted a Stephen F. Austin State University employee making a delivery downtown and took the keys to his truck.
William Charles Hudson, of Nacogdoches, is still being held in the Nacogdoches County Jail on a second-degree felony robbery charge. No bail has been set at this time.
According to the police report, the alleged robbery occurred at the Cole Art Center, which is located at 300 Commerce Street, at 3:05 p.m. Monday.
Sgt. Greg Sowell, a spokesman for the Nacogdoches Police Department, said an SFA employee was making a delivery at the back of the Cole Art Center said the man told police that Hudson struck him several times in the face and head and took his keys. The delivery driver had visible bruising to his face.
Hudson was arrested at the scene and transported to the Nacogdoches County Jail.
Business owners on North Church have filed either a restraining order or complaints against Hudson. According to Nacogdoches Police Chief Jim Sevey, if Hudson enters into any of the businesses, he will be charged with criminal trespass.
"We have a pretty consistent history of disturbance calls, parking issues, and traffic issues," Sevey said.
Hudson's landlord, John Mast, keeps track of every one.
"There are about 50 police reports," Mast said.
Mast said he is tired of apologizing to Hudson's downtown neighbors and added that he is in the process of evicting Hudson.
"It's time for Hudson to leave," Mast said. "He's a cancer to Nacogdoches."
Paula Nabours, who works at Julia's on N. Church and has been in confrontations with Hudson said, "He's scary and intimidating. He sits on a park bench across from Julia's and stares us down. "
Teresa Darby, co owner of Glass Castles and a devout Catholic said she placed a statue of Mother Mary to ward off the "back ally storm" during the Blueberry Festival. She said Hudson was very nice and accommodating during the festival, offering parking spaces and electricity to recharge carts.
Yet she said about Hudson, "We're walking around on tiptoes. we're wary, and we're cautious. It doesn't feel like Nacogdoches should. "
After he posted his bail, Hudson said the driver of the van threw the first punch.
"Every time he swung at me, I swung at him," Hudson said. "I didn't do anything but defend myself."
Hudson contended that he needed the van moved to make a delivery. Otherwise, he would have hit an awning he said.
Victim Mark Porter, a SFA technical director in the Theatre Department, said he's made his statement to police and they have pictures of his bruises. Porter was picking up costumes used at the Blueberry Festival from the Cole Art Center's backdoor on Commerce St. when the alleged robbery occurred.
"I not only did not throw the first punch but restrained myself from throwing any," Porter said. "You can't beat crazy."
"When you talk about being a good neighbor, isn't that a two way street?" Hudson said in reference to the overall downtown situation.
When asked if the complaints against him are valid, Hudson said some of them may be valid, but a majority of them aren't "I would say that possibly some of them are valid, but I would say the majority are not."
" When I'm abused, maybe it's good to give abuse back - tit for tat," Hudson said.
No one on N. Church, including city councilwoman and business owner Shelly Brophy, would give any comments.