COPPERAS COVE — A Copperas Cove man who watched his arrest over an overdue book go viral through social media and the national news last week said he is not sure what the fuss is about and that he is working to turn his life around.
Jory Enck, 22, said a lot of what the media printed about him was not true, including his age, which national news reported was 19. He also wanted to make it clear he returned the book, something the national media failed to mention, he said.
“I am not sure why this blew up so big. This is not really even news and it is making me look bad,” Enck said. “They are making me look like a hardened criminal over a book.”
Copperas Cove police and city officials agreed they, too, were puzzled over the media hype surrounding the execution of an arrest warrant for Enck, which occurred when officers responded to an unrelated domestic disturbance call.
“We’re not spending tax dollars looking for people with overdue library books,” said Kevin Keller, a city spokesman. “But we do take care of the arrest warrants when we run across these people.”
Enck is no stranger to being arrested. He failed to return the GED preparation book by its due date because he was incarcerated for three years for burglary when he was 18. The warrant was issued when he was behind bars.
“I was just a kid and I made some dumb decisions,” Enck said. “I was still in high school when I was arrested and then went to prison. I was just trying to survive.”
Enck said he had a 3.0 GPA while in
high school and completed his GED in prison. He said he was working 20 hours a week at Blockbuster and going to school when he was arrested. Now released from jail, he is trying to find work again.
“I have a background on myself and now with this (story), it’s making it even harder for me to find a job,” Enck said.
“I am trying to get a better life.”
Enck was known as a regular at the Armed Services YMCA in Copperas Cove and was described as “a good kid.”
“I’ve known him for years coming to the ‘Y’ playing ball and stuff. He was always very respectful,” said Doreen Vasseur, YMCA Family Center director in Copperas Cove. “As soon as he got out of jail, he came by the YMCA because it was familiar to him. He avoids the wrong crowds so that he can get his life straight.”
Enck said he applied to attend Central Texas College to pursue a business management degree.
“I am trying to better myself and get pointed in the right direction,” Enck said. “My outlook on life is pretty positive. I just have to make good decisions.”
When asked if he would check out a library book in the future, Enck said he would never use the library system again.
“I think I will probably just purchase a book from Amazon.”
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