Creator Of Controversial Tailgate Decal Arrested

By: Matt Howerton Email
By: Matt Howerton Email
The man behind a controversial tailgate decal that showed a woman bound and tied is now facing an assault charge.

Brad Kolb (Jail photo)

WACO (December 17, 2013) The owner of Hornet Signs and the man behind a controversial tailgate decal that sparked worldwide criticism turned himself into the McLennan County Jail this morning after a warrant for his arrest was issued charging him with assault.

Brad Kolb, 36, posted $1,000 bond and was released this afternoon.

Kolb received national criticism and backlash after his company created a realistic life-size tailgate decal of a bound woman lying in the bed of a pickup.

After news of the decal went viral, Kolb removed the decal from the pickup truck on which it was displayed and burned it.

He was arrested for an incident that happened earlier this month at Hornet Signs, which is on the corner of where Hwy 84 and Hwy 6 intersect.

According to Woodway Police, an employee was fired from Hornet Signs and returned on Dec. 2 to collect her things.

When she did, she entered into an argument with Kolb, an arrest warrant affidavit says.

The affidavit says Kolb shoved the employee out of the building door causing her to fall to the ground.

She suffered several minor injuries, the affidavit said.

Woodway Police investigated the incident and say they have photos of bruises from the arms and hips of the employee.

“Based on the info obtained from the witnesses we spoke with, it was going to the judge to request a warrant for assault was justified,” Woodway Police Chief Yost Zakhary said.

Kolb disputes the assault allegation saying the employee was acting irrationally and wouldn’t leave.

News 10 received a video from Kolb that he says was shot as the employee was leaving the business.

The video shows the employee cursing loudly requesting to be let inside the business.

“The court will adjudicate it as they see fit, and we support whatever decision the court makes," Zakhary said.


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