LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Lufkin police have arrested a Diboll man accused of using a slingshot to break windows of several businesses after he was reportedly caught with two slingshots, meth and marijuana.
For now, Douglas Williams, 39, is charged with second-degree possession of a controlled substance, state-jail felony possession of marijuana, Class A unlawful carrying of a weapon and Class C possession of drug paraphernalia.
According to Lufkin police, officers were able to determine a suspect accused of using a slingshot to break out glass doors and windows of Lufkin businesses through the use of video surveillance recordings.
Around 3:50 a.m. Wednesday, a patrol officer found the suspect vehicle and said he found a slingshot inside. He then talked to Williams, who had gotten out of the vehicle.
Williams allowed the officer to search the vehicle and the officer reported finding multiple ball bearings and a second slingshot. The officer reported also finding a handgun, 137.5 grams of meth, 4.2 ounces of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
Police are working to obtain warrants for criminal mischief.
"When officers were taking the reports at some of these local businesses it appeared to them that the suspect had used a slingshot to launch projectiles through the glass windows and glass doors of those business," said Lufkin Police public information officer, David Casper.
Williams has allegedly confessed to investigators about hitting several businesses with the ball bearing projectiles.
The owner of Lufkin Power Sports, Brent Alford, said his business was hit twice on Tuesday, once in the morning then again that afternoon.
"We had lots of customers in here at the time and obviously he was driving southbound on 59, hit the glass behind me here with the silver ball bearing, shattered that glass as you can tell hasn't been fixed yet," Alford said. "At that time we had customers outside and people walking around in here. He put a lot of lives in danger. If that thing would have hit someone in the head it could have killed them."
Alford said it's frustrating because he is just trying to deliver quality products and services.
"Then you have an individual like this driving down the interstate that thinks it's going to be cool to shoot, marbles, steel ball bearings at a business," Alford said.
Alford said it will cost him about $1,200 to repair all the damage.
Williams remains in the Angelina County Jail Wednesday night. His bond is set at nearly $29,500.