KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) A Temple man accused of stealing a truck from outside of a Killeen convenience store, using it to ram a vehicle in the driveway of a home, and then swiping a local officer’s patrol unit after he was detained, remained behind bars Monday.
David Joseph Hillman, Jr., 36, of Temple, was in the Bell County Jail Monday charged with theft over $30,000, but under $150,000.
His bond was set at $100,000.
Officers who responded Friday to a report of “a possible stolen vehicle ramming a residence” in the area of South 8th Street and East Fowler Avenue found a white truck with a trailer “parked in front of 502 Fowler and a vehicle pushed into the east side garage of the residence with obvious damage to the vehicle and house,” an arrest warrant affidavit released Monday says.
A nearby resident told officers “that he observed the white truck and trailer pull into the driveway of 502 Fowler and repeatedly ram the vehicle in the driveway, thereby damaging the vehicle and the house,” the affidavit says.
Police later determined that the Fort F-250 truck and trailer had been stolen earlier from outside the Mickey’s store at 2000 Trimmier Road, where it had been left running while the driver and two passengers went inside, the affidavit says.
The officers spotted Hillman in the driveway of a home about a block away and a Killeen firefighter who witnessed the ramming incident confirmed he had been driving the pickup.
Officers detained Hillman.
He was placed him in the rear of a patrol unit, but while the officer to whom the unit was assigned was gathering witness statements, Hillman somehow managed to get into the front seat and drive off, the affidavit says.
Two other officers “began pursuing Hillman who led them back to the scene of Fowler and 8th Street,” the affidavit says.