Alleged Auburn tree poisoner arrested again

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.

Harvey Updyke

Harvey Updyke

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.

47 comments Add your comment


September 24th, 2012
11:59 pm

Dude is going to end up going off and kill a lot of folks which I hope doesn’t happen….


September 25th, 2012
12:10 am

Is he out on bond? I hope not, because I really feel like this guy may have just snapped and is capable of anything.


September 25th, 2012
1:35 am

This guy is such a waste of space and air. Just let the courts do their thing w/ this mutt. Good end to bad garbage!

Coach Bryant.......

September 25th, 2012
4:32 am

Roll Tide Roll !!!


September 25th, 2012
6:39 am

Gene Cheesedip

September 25th, 2012
6:41 am

Why is everyone so upset? That is exactly what Nick Saban tells his players! AllahBama is scary when they start coming out of their mobile homes

Auburn Man

September 25th, 2012
6:50 am

Can we get a listing of all Alabama fans who actually stopped this guy on the street to congratulate him on the poisoning of the oaks and then pose for a picture with him? I think the state of Texas should go over every traffic stop and arrest he ever made in his illustrious law enforcement career, I’ll guarantee you he has more then one skeleton in a dark Texas closet.

bad brad

September 25th, 2012
7:05 am

@ shabazz 1:00 am
Every once in a blue moon a post will make me LOL and that one did it.

Dave in Marietta

September 25th, 2012
7:29 am

Out of all the stories you could allow us to comment on, why did you chose this one about an obviously trouble individual who is an easy target for snarky, hateful comments? Surely there is something else more important to discuss than this.


September 25th, 2012
7:41 am

Dave in Marietta, SNARKY?


September 25th, 2012
7:43 am

Don’t laugh-this guy is really dangerous !!!


September 25th, 2012
7:52 am

Lock this guy up…immediately…he’s a mental case…OR transport him to Toomer’s Corner and use the old western movie cry…”SOMEBODY GET A ROPE”…one of the trees he poisioned should still be strong enough to hold him (you know?).


September 25th, 2012
7:58 am

give the dumbass a break. after all, he is a bamer fan,right?

Tap Out

September 25th, 2012
7:59 am

Just another angry southern male who feels entitled.

Whiskey Breath

September 25th, 2012
8:00 am

Go ahead, keep making those jokes. I got a feeling you might be his next victim.

Harvey Updyke Fan Club

September 25th, 2012
8:04 am

Sounds like a typical UGA fan.


September 25th, 2012
8:04 am

I too have tried to return items to that home improvement store. I’m on Harvey’s side.

joel partain

September 25th, 2012
8:15 am

I guess they don’t encounter that many Alabama fans in LA.


September 25th, 2012
8:18 am

Typical ignorant Alabama fan. Too stupid to understand the law.


September 25th, 2012
8:20 am

How ironic. I just watched the Auburn/Alabama documentary on Netflix last night and this guy was a mojor contributer to the story. He denied poisoning the trees in person but admittted calling the radio station to state he did it. Nut.

Whirled Peas

September 25th, 2012
8:37 am

Send him to an anger management class run by the Rev. Jeremiah Wright.


September 25th, 2012
8:41 am

Typical Alabama Fan….Alabama fans stand in line to get this worthless POS’s autograph….geez…

Patrick Romano WAR DAMN EAGLE

September 25th, 2012
8:45 am

Trial’s Oct. 1st, Maybe they’ll let us string him up on the same Oaks he poisoned!

What a tool!

Motocross Survivor

September 25th, 2012
8:52 am

We have so many maggots..


September 25th, 2012
9:01 am

Mental defectives and half-wits are often sports fans. Not fair to dismiss this person’s simple-mindedness. He should pay for what he did though I doubt prison time would actually serve justice in this case. He’s a kind of idjit. Let him do some kind of community service for a good long while, a few years maybe, spank his pocketbook, and put him on probation. This guy’s too dumb to understand he really did anything wrong.

What a Moron

September 25th, 2012
9:20 am

These guy should really just stay away from landscaping altogether.


September 25th, 2012
9:26 am

Dave in Marietta is exactly right. It is baffling why news sites like the AJC allow comments to any story–especially one like this.

Enuff Said...

September 25th, 2012
9:38 am

Bet he is a republican…angry at the 47% (of which he is probably a member of).

Bama Bill

September 25th, 2012
9:39 am

Lousy AJC coverage of a very sick man – there is a place for him and it’s not on the streets !


September 25th, 2012
9:42 am

Just another Alabama fan…..when you have seen one…you have seen them all


September 25th, 2012
9:46 am

When his heart finally fails, they should bury him in auburn …

Johnny Musso

September 25th, 2012
9:48 am

He’s a redneck, that’s for sure, and the only other words here would be, ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE NATIONAL CHAMPIONS, ROLL TIDE ROLL…………………………


September 25th, 2012
9:58 am

did Mr. Updyke poison Allbarn’s football season?

You're all Harveys

September 25th, 2012
10:00 am

All Bammers are Harveys at heart. They all thought it was funny when the trees got poisoned now they have to live with the face of their fan base acting like a fool again.


September 25th, 2012
10:13 am

Bama fans and Auburn grads have 1 thing in common….neither has been to the Bama campus….WDE!


September 25th, 2012
10:18 am

i tried to do my part. went & took a dump on them dumb trees at goobers corner. ROLL DAM TIDE!

Linda Daniels

September 25th, 2012
10:19 am

We Alabama fans might be rednecks—-be we are winners! lol….Updyke has a mental problem…..all Alabama fans are not like this………..Roll Tide! all of our different teams have rednecks!


September 25th, 2012
10:29 am

The HURRRRRRR is strong with this one.


September 25th, 2012
10:38 am

He’s just got too much Bama in him!

Brainiac (CMR/UGA Fan For Life)

September 25th, 2012
10:46 am

I don’t fully understand all this!!!!!!!!!!

What’s the big deal???????????????????

Isn’t this normal behavior for an Alabamians?????????????????

Brainiac (CMR/UGA Fan For Life)

September 25th, 2012
10:49 am

@ Linda Daniels:

“be we are winners!”

Flunked English(which is considered a foreign language in Bammy) didn’t you Sugah???????????????


September 25th, 2012
10:50 am

typical SEC idiot football fan


September 25th, 2012
10:57 am

The Chizzzzzzzzzzzz is a good coach (as long as $cam newton is his QB)

Bobby Sanders

September 25th, 2012
11:01 am

Typical Bama guy!

You're all Linda Daniels

September 25th, 2012
11:14 am

And thank you to Linda for proving my point. Harvey and Linda for president.

A. E.

September 25th, 2012
11:16 am

He just needs a good ass kicking.


September 25th, 2012
11:30 am

He’d fit right in at a Georgia trailer park wearing red and black.