Temple, TX — Officers are accustomed to people attempting to avoid them after breaking the law. But, in a bizarre chain of criminal mischief events, a Temple man allegedly requested to be taken to jail.
“He walked outside the department. He picked up some rocks and turned. And, he threw them at the front window,” said Temple PIO, Corporal Christopher Wilcox.
Temple police officers are puzzled after a man allegedly forced officers to re-arrest him for breaking out three windows at the police department just minutes after being released from custody.
"We don't have any clear motive as to why. He didn't state why he wanted to go to jail," said Wilcox.
It all started at the Olive Garden, at 3625 South General Bruce Drive, in Temple, just before 5:30 a.m. on New Year's day. Danny Gilkey allegedly busted out two windows with rocks.
"He just simply broke the windows. He walked over to McDonald's, and he asked the employees over there to call the police. He said he'd broken the windows, and he was ready to go to jail," said Wilcox.
When police took him in for questioning, police say Gilkey was cooperative and forthcoming. However, his actions, officials say, were totally unnecessary, especially if he was a homeless man just trying to get warm, as many in the area seem to believe.
"There's been an outpouring of concern by the community, based on the assumption of his being homeless and that he just wanted a warm place to stay."
The cost of damages to the police department are close to two thousand dollars. At this point, Gilkey could be facing a state jail felony, which is a two year jail stint.