A 28-year-old Killeen man was arrested Thursday on suspicion of repeatedly hitting a man eating dinner with his family with a baseball bat at a Cheddar’s Restaurant in Harker Heights.
Heights police say Peter Minott entered the restaurant in the 2100 block of Central Texas Expressway at 2:20 p.m. May 25 with a Louisville Slugger baseball bat concealed in one of his pants legs.
After identifying the victim, a 32-year-old Killeen man eating with his wife and two children, Minott allegedly pulled the baseball bat from his pants and repeatedly struck the victim in the head and arm.
After a brief struggle, the victim pulled the bat away from Minott, who then revealed a handgun in his waistband, police said.
Police said Minott was heard saying “I have a gun now” before exiting the restaurant and fleeing the scene.
Heights police said the incident is believed to be related to an argument that occurred May 24 at a residence in Killeen.
Killeen police arrested Minott after Bell County Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke issued a warrant for his arrest Thursday on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
Cooke set Minott’s bail at $100,000.
Minott is being held at the Bell County Jail in Belton.