San Antonio hearing today for armed man police say sought to “fulfill a prophecy” at Texas church
An armed man arrested in Seguin late last month, who police said was planning to “fulfill a prophecy” at a church several hours away, is scheduled to appear in federal court in San Antonio on Wednesday afternoon on a federal charge of possessing a gun while having a family violence conviction.
Tony Dwayne Albert II, 33, a veteran, was armed and wore a mask in the town east of San Antonio on Dec. 30 when a tipster alerted Seguin police, who arrested him on state charges of possessing marijuana and possession of a firearm by a felon.
Albert is serving two years’ probation after pleading no contest to disarming a police officer in Harris County, the San Antonio Express-News reported. His family violence conviction also occurred in Harris County.
Authorities have said Albert told police he was on his way to a church “to fulfill a prophecy,” though he apparently thought he was 240 miles away in Vidor, on the outskirts of Beaumont, at the time.
Albert told investigators he was headed to the First Baptist Church in Vidor.
Police are still trying to determine why Albert thought he was in Vidor and what ties he has there, if any. Vidor Police Chief Rod Carroll told the Express-News last week that “we cannot connect him to Vidor” at this time.
“This guy has a long history of mental illness,” Carroll said.
When he was arrested in Seguin, Albert was carrying a 9mm Smith & Wesson M&P pistol that had been stolen from a residence in Vidor, police said. It was unclear how Albert obtained the gun, police said.
The drama surrounding Albert began shortly before 7 a.m. Dec. 30, when he was spotted carrying the pistol and wearing cargo pants, military-style boots and a green T-shirt near the intersection of West Kingsbury and West Court streets in Seguin. His gun was loaded, and he was carrying a magazine with extra ammunition, police said.
He also had on a white surgical mask with a white T-shirt wrapped around his head, Officer Tanya Brown, a spokeswoman for the Seguin Police Department, said.
If convicted of the federal charge, he faces up to 10 years in prison without parole, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Sara Wannarka.
He is being held at the Guadalupe County Jail on a $100,000 bond. In federal records, he is identified as Tony Dewayne Albert.
Guillermo Contreras covers federal court and immigration news in the San Antonio and Bexar County area. Read him on our free site, mySA.com, and on our subscriber site, ExpressNews.com. | email@example.com | Twitter: @gmaninfedland