Gurley Lane

McLennan County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrest a man accused of threatening to “shoot up” the Jack Harwell Detention Center on Tuesday.

Staff photo — Jerry Larson

A 50-year-old man was arrested Wednesday after he was heard threatening to "shoot up" the Jack Harwell Detention Center, then left the area before deputies arrived, McLennan County Sheriff Parnell McNamara said.

Authorities were called to the Jack Harwell Detention Center, 3101 Marlin Highway, at about 11 a.m. Tuesday, after Roy Tovar Fuentes, of Waco, made the threat outside the facility, McNamara said. It was not immediately clear why he was at the jail, but employees reported hearing Fuentes become upset and threaten to "shoot up" the jail.

As deputies responded to the jail, the man left the area in a silver minivan, which was also occupied by a woman.

Deputies were able to track the van to a home near the intersection of South 25th Street and Gurley Lane. McNamara said Fuentes was with a woman and a young child when they left the jail, prompting officers to surround the home and vehicle out of caution.

Shortly before noon, officers gave Fuentes instructions over a loudspeaker, and he was arrested without incident.

Chief Deputy David Kilcrease said no weapon was recovered. The man told officers he was just speaking about a movie when the alleged threat was made, Kilcrease said.

Fuentes was arrested on a Class A misdemeanor charge of terroristic threat against a public servant. He remained in McLennan County Jail on Wednesday afternoon with bond listed at $1,000.

"Anytime someone threatens one of our good officers, we take it very seriously and we are not going to tolerate it," McNamara said.

Authorities said the woman at the home was not arrested.

Kristin Hoppa has been covering public safety and breaking news for the Tribune-Herald since January 2016. She worked in Northwest Missouri covering crime-related issues before her move to Central Texas. She is a University of Kansas graduate.

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