Woodville Police were called to a disturbance at the Jack in the Box on October 9 in reference to a man with a knife threatening an employee. According to Captain Mike McCulley of the Woodville Police Department, officers arrived and located the suspect in the restaurant. The suspect was arrested and was found to have a large folding knife on his person. He was identified as John L. Foster, age 60, of Woodville.
Witnesses at the scene told officers that Foster came into the business and threatened an employee behind the counter. The employee was a 26-year-old woman from Woodville. The employee told officers that Foster exhibited a large knife and threatened her. The employee stated that she ran back to the back of the building and told her manager what had happened. While that was taking place, a 70-year-old customer from Doucette who was in line at the counter observed Foster with the knife.
The customer told officers that he was a Concealed Handgun License holder and began talking with Foster. The customer stated that Foster continued his threatening manner and pointed the knife at him also. At this time, the customer displayed his weapon and told Foster to drop the knife. The customer stated that Foster complied with his request, put the knife away and sat down just as officers were arriving. Foster was transported to the Tyler County Jail and charged with two counts of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon.
"This was another case where citizens choosing to arm themselves legally can assist law enforcement when minutes or even seconds are very important to stop someone from being hurt," McCulley said. "We do not recommend that citizens put themselves in these situations, but when someone's life may depend on it, a concerned citizen choses to get involved."