Harvey Updyke, the Alabama fan who allegedly poisoned the cherished oak trees at Auburn’s Toomer’s Corner, was arrested in Hammond, La., on charges of terrorizing on Sept. 18.
Updyke, 64, has pleaded not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect to multiple charges after the 2010 tree poisoning and is scheduled to stand trial in that case on Oct. 1 in Opelika, Ala.
But Updyke was arrested again last week in Louisiana when he attemped to return a lawnmower to a home improvement store, the Times Picayune of New Orleans reported. According to the police report, Updyke became angry about the refund amount he was offered. After a police officer arrived and told him to call an attorney, Updyke allegedly refused and said “he would take care of this on his own.”
“He had a sad story,” Hammond, La., Police spokesman Lt. Vincent Giannobile told the Times Picayune. “He said he was going to prison anyway, he had a bad heart, and he didn’t care. He kept insinuating that he wasn’t going to take no for an answer.”
According to the police report, Updyke also said he would “come back and take care of everyone” and he was arrested and charged with terrorizing.