KEENE (CBSDFW.COM) – Police say a man hit Keene police patrol cars with an axe shortly after 2 a.m. on Wednesday.
Jeassy Bobby Cruz, 31, broke the windshields and damaged the body and emergency lights of two vehicles, according to police.
“You see a guy who’s beating on the cars, and he has an object that can kill you, absolutely they feel threatened,” says Lieutenant Pat Jones with the Keene Police Department. “The officer saw him coming down from this direction, and that he was carrying an axe. He actually saw him come to the police cars and using the axe on the police cars to damage them.”
Keene police officer David Hernandez arrested Cruz and charged him with criminal mischief. He was placed at the Johnson County Corrections facility.
Keene is a rural town of about 6,500 about 25 miles south of downtown Fort Worth. The Police Department consists of twelve full time officers and two reserve officers.
No officers were hurt and neither was Cruz.
“We could be talking about a lot of different things here today and I’m glad were talking about damage to police cars and not something much much worse. It could have been much much worse and I credit the officers for doing an outstanding job,” says Lt. Jones.
The department only has five patrol vehicles.