An armed Texas man was arrested after allegedly being found walking to a church where he claimed he had to carry out a “prophecy,” officials said.
Tony Albert, 33, entered Las Mañanitas Mexican restaurant in Seguin wearing a surgical mask, sunglasses and tactical-style clothing and allegedly asked to be taken to a church Sunday.
“[Albert] was looking at me and he was saying something about, ‘Do you know where the nearest church is at?’” Brianna Jimenez, whose mother owns the restaurant, told KTRK-TV.
Jimenez’s mother gave Albert directions to a Baptist church after he specified what denomination he was looking to go to. He repeatedly asked to be taken there, but Jimenez declined, saying she had to work, she said. After Jimenez said she realized Albert was allegedly holding a gun, she waited until he walked out of the restaurant and then called police.
“He’s gripping it, like, he has his finger on the trigger,” she said.
An off-duty Seguin police officer spotted Albert walking and he allegedly told him he was on his way to “fulfill what he called a prophecy,” Seguin police said in a statement.
The gun Albert was allegedly carrying was loaded, and he had additional ammunition on his person, police said. It was unclear what Albert’s intentions were, cops said.
Albert was charged with being a felon in unlawful possession of a firearm and possession of marijuana.
He is being held at the Guadalupe County Jail on $100,000 bail, online records show. The Texas Rangers, FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives have reportedly been called in to assist in interviewing Albert.
“The Seguin Police Department is extremely grateful to the citizen who called police,” police said. “If this subject was not stopped and apprehended, the results could have ended differently.”