A Santa Fe, Texas, man is accused of using his lawnmower to propel rocks at three people—including a 9-year-old girl—because he didn’t like the girl’s father.
The Galveston County Daily News reported that Johnny Manning, 72, spotted a man drop off his ex-wife and daughter at the home the mother shares with Manning. An affidavit obtained by the newspaper stated that Manning hopped onto the riding lawnmower, drove to the end of the gravel driveway, and used the mower’s blades to hurl rocks at them.
In addition to denting the SUV and busting out its windows, the rocks reportedly pelted the mother and daughter in their faces and bodies. KTRK reported that the mother was struck in the face while the 9-year-old girl was hit in the nose.
The June 9 ordeal was reportedly caught on tape by the father, who in turn called police. Officials said the video showed the grass was cut and that Manning purposefully drove the lawnmower to injure the family.
The father told police that Manning attacked them because he didn’t like him. Manning admitted to the assault and said he “would do so again if he had the chance,” according to the Daily News.
In addition to misdemeanor assault, Manning was charged with injury to a child with intentional bodily injury and criminal mischief of more than $2,500, both felonies. The 72-year-old was released after posting $46,500 bond.
The Dallas Morning News discovered that this was anything but Manning’s first brush with the law. Records revealed that he was sentenced to two years in prison in 1987 for a heroin charge and was handed 10-year sentences in 1990 and 2003 following drug-related convictions.
The Texas man was also charged in 2006 with abuse of a corpse but later was found not guilty.
[Featured image: Johnny Manning/Galveston County Sheriff’s Office]