Auburn tree poising rival fan arrested by Louisiana Police
Harvey Updyke was arrested again last weeks on 18th September after he made a scene at a home improvement store over a product he had brought earlier on.
The 63-year-old lost his temper at the store after he was frustrated by thea$110 refund on a lawnmover he had bought earlier at Lowe’s instead of the $150 he expected strangers to cough up in Louisiana.
Harvey Updyke’s entrance to the store was barred, and he was reportedly warned against retuning to the store, by the police. But Harvey Updyke said he would “come back and take care of everyone.”
Moreover, police officers arriving at the scene advised Harvey Updyke to hire a lawyer, but he adamantly opted for self representation claiming "he would take care of this on his own.”
But when Harvey Updyke continued conducting himself in a threatening manner, the police were forced to take him in on charges of terrorizing and fearing for the security of Lowe’s staff and customers.
After being initially booked at the Tangipahoa Parish Jail, Harvey Updyke was later released on a surety bond.
“He had a sad story,” stated Hammond, La., Police spokesman Lt. Vincent Giannobile “He said he was going to prison anyway, he had a bad heart, and he didn’t care.”
“He kept insinuating that he wasn’t going to take no for an answer,” added Lt. Vincent Giannobiel on Harvey Updyke’s inanity.
Since the incident, Lowe’s representation has declined to comment on the situation, and nothing has been heard from Harvey Updyke’s recently appointed State lawyers in a separate case.
Harvey Updyke is also wanted on similar charges outside of Texas. However, the agency responsible for issuing the warrant has not opted t o go forth with extradition, indicated police reports.
The Alabama fan is also standing a 1st October trial in the Auburn case, where he allegedly poisoned century-old trees following Auburn’s 2010 national championship run towards a 28-27 victory over the Crimson Tide. The trees hold a sentimental significance for the Auburn football fans, who have made a custom of covering the trees in toilet paper following a victory.
Initially, Harvey Upskye’s trial was scheduled for June 2011, but it was postponed due to issues with his representation, complexity of the situation for the selection of an impartial jury and national media coverage of the trial. However Andrew Stanley and Margret Brown were recently appointed to the defense by a Lee County judge.
Harvey Updyke has pleaded not guilty to first-degree criminal mischief, illegal the vandalism of a crop facility, and it is included amongst the list of venerated objects. If the charges against Hrvey Updyke are proven, he can face up to 10 years in jail.