Affidavit: Men verbally abused deputies
SAN MARCOS— The arrest affidavit for a Wimberley man who complained that Hays County sheriff’s deputies used excessive force against him during a June encounter said the man and his son were agitated and used foul language with deputies.
Robert Threadgill, 80, was charged with resisting arrest after a June 22 encounter with deputies near his home.
Last week, Threadgill filed a formal complaint against the deputies, alleging that, without provocation, they struck him and his son, 56-year-old Stephen Threadgill, threw them to the ground and injured them. Threadgill, his son and a witness have maintained that the two did nothing to warrant the force used in the encounter.
The arrest affidavit, filed June 24 and released to the Statesman on Wednesday after an open records request, tells a different story.
About 6:40 p.m. that day, Deputy David Clay Bain and another deputy arrived in answer to a call about a verbal disturbance caused by Robert Threadgill, the affidavit said.
As they spoke with the man has filed a complaint against Hays County deputies. who made the complaint, 21-year-old Michael Houser, Threadgill approached them, used profanity against Houser and expressed aggravation that Houser had called the police, the affidavit said.
Stephen Threadgill then called out to the deputies, saying, “Don’t walk down here with a swagger” and used an expletive, the affidavit said. Robert Threadgill then also used profanities.
The affidavit said Robert Threadgill blamed Houser and his employer, the Lodge at Cypress Falls, for a proliferation of lily pads in the creek. Bain said in the affidavit that the creek looked normal to him.
The af f idavit said that Threadgill had a large knife on his belt and that he and Stephen Threadgill became more and more agitated and refused to stay back from deputies when asked.
When Bain attempted to handcuff Robert Threadgdill, he spun around and looked like he was going to strike the deputy, the affidavit said. Bain then put Threadgill on his stomach and handcuffed him after he attempted to get to his feet, the affidavit said.
During the “short struggle,” the affidavit said, Threadgill complained of being in pain. He said his shoulder and ankle were hurt, and he refused to walk without being forcibly escorted, the affidavit said. Stephen Threadgill was taken to the ground and handcuffed as well, the affidavit said.
Wimberley EMS examined the pair and took them to Central Texas Medical Center in San Marcos for treatment, the affidavit said.
Robert Threadgill was later charged with resisting arrest; he turned himself in about two weeks after the encounter and was released on $3,000 bail.
Threadgill on Wednesday refuted the deputies’ version of events, saying he never used profanity or moved to strike them. The Threadgills have launched a formal complaint, and as a result, the sheriff’s office plans a full investigation, officials said. Afterward, officials said, they will ask the Texas Rangers to investigate.