Sherman police arrest man for allegedly smashing windows of businesses and cars
SHERMAN, Tex. (KXII) - A man was arrested Sunday for smashing windows at restaurants and cars in Sherman.
“We came to Chili’s to eat for my daughter’s birthday and we sat down, starting eating our chips and salsa and then all of a sudden it just sounded like a tray of plates crashed,” Terri Vasquez said.
Vasquez said that is not uncommon at a restaurant.
But it’s what happened next that made her realize something wasn’t right.
“Then just a herd of people started running toward us and we couldn’t really get up and run because there was just so many people,” Vasquez said.
She said all they could hear were screams, and her and the group she was with immediately hid under the table.
“I was just extremely scared at that moment and it all happened so fast, and the Chili’s employee guided us out,” Vasquez said.
The loud noise turned out to be Justin Nolen, police said he was throwing large decorative rocks.
Sherman police said rocks were thrown through windows at Chili’s and Texas Roadhouse and at least eight parked cars were damaged.
Vasquez said her kids are still shaken up from what happened.
So they went back to Chili’s Monday to give flowers to employees as a thank you for stepping up amid the chaos.
She said she saw them help an elderly couple get out of the building without being trampled.
“I mean just the courage and bravery that they showed and just to be so young, I mean they deserve a real pat on the back,” Vasquez said.
Vasquez said most of the employees were young, and were putting others’ safety even before their own.
“It was just phenomenal and I think they deserve all of the recognition in the world for the way they handled the situation,” Vasquez said.
When officers tried to track down Nolen, they said he ran, but they caught up with him about a mile away near McAlisters.
He was booked in the Grayson County jail on charges of evading arrest and criminal mischief.
Police said they have not determined his motive yet.
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