AUSTIN – Police say the suspect in an assault at a club along Interstate 35 in November put a gun to a woman’s body and fired several shots into the air.
Court documents for Marvin “Unc” Blocko, 61, say police were called to The Velvet Lounge near I-35 and U.S. 290 on Nov. 12. The person who called 911 said there was a fight involving 5-6 people outside the building and that someone was shooting a gun into the air before they ran back into the club.
The woman alleged multiple people assaulted her, including club security and the suspect. The woman told police a man matching Blocko’s description put a gun to her hip and then fired several rounds into the air.
Police said in the affidavit that one officer saw Blocko through an open door, and that he matched the description provided by the victim and the person who called 911. As officers attempted to enter the club, police said another man blocked them from entering. The affidavit states the man refused on at least eight occasions to allow the officers into the building, and that he was handcuffed so officers could get inside. Police spoke with Blocko, and an officer noted in the affidavit that he was not telling officers the truth about what he was doing. According to the affidavit, an armed security guard told police that Blocko had fired several rounds to break up a fight.
The guard told police in a separate interview at APD headquarters that although he did not see Blocko fire any rounds into the air, he knew he carries a weapon in his vehicle and placed him in the parking lot during the assault.
During a subsequent interview on Nov. 18, the alleged victim told police she and a friend had been kicked out of the club earlier in the night for a physical disturbance, but returned when they noticed they did not have their cell phones. She said they were waiting when they were surrounded and pulled out of their vehicles. She alleged Blocko put a pistol to her side and told her “quit fighting and take this ass whooping” before he fired 3-4 shots into the air. The woman also identified Blocko in a photo lineup.
Police also noted in the affidavit that several videos of the assault had been uploaded to YouTube, and that a person similar to the description provided to 911 was recorded kicking the victim in the head.
Blocko is facing a felony charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Bond has been set at $100,000, and jail records do not list him as an inmate as of Wednesday afternoon.