Man wanted after breaking down garage door of car dealership
AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin police are investigating a serious assault at the Nyle Maxwell Supercenter after a man rammed his vehicle through a garage door and drove through the business with an AK-47 in early January.
APD said the incident happened just before 11 a.m. Jan. 3 at the supercenter located at N. FM 620. Police said a black Dodge Charger, driven by suspect Kenneth Ray Paynes, pulled up was stopped in a garage bay at the service center and waited for the pressure. sensor to open the garage door. The garage was malfunctioning and wouldn’t open.
It was then that police said Paynes walked forward and banged on the garage door multiple times. He then pulled over to the side of the business after being unable to force open the garage door.
APD said Paynes got out of the car, holding an AK-47, and drove around the business “looking for someone.” Customers and employees began to flee the business or go into hiding, believing Paynes to be an active shooter, police say. Paynes left the stage.
Police said a search warrant was executed at Paynes’ home and the AK-47 was found, along with three semi-automatic pistols and two AR-15 rifles.
Paynes remains at large and is wanted on three felony warrants including terrorism threat, motor vehicle escape and criminal mischief.
Anyone with information about the assault is asked to call the APD Aggravated Assault Unit at (512) 974-4463 or Crime Stoppers at (512) 472-TIPS.