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Man asked to leave H-E-B for riding electric carts, assaults officer with potato chips: Police

According to the affidavit, the suspect hit an officer with a bag of chips and punched him in the throat before hitting another officer in the face with his forehead.
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Tracy Owens.

AUSTIN — A man has been arrested after he allegedly assaulted two officers at an H-E-B when he refused to leave for riding their electric carts outside, according to an arrest affidavit.

On March 28, officers responded to the H-E-B located at 9414 North Lamar Blvd. where H-E-B employees reported that a man and a woman were riding their electric carts outside the store and wanted them to leave, police said.

According to the affidavit, police told the suspects to leave the store and that they would be arrested if they didn't. The male suspect, identified as 30-year-old Tracy Owens, told police that he was not going to leave.

When an officer tried to arrest him, Owens allegedly hit the officer with a bag of potato chips, causing the bag to explode, and then proceeded to punch the officer in the throat, the affidavit stated.

Owens then ran away from police. An officer tried to tase him, but was unsuccessful. Owens continued to run, but stopped when officers threatened to tase him again.

The affidavit stated that the officer had trouble swallowing and his voice become hoarse due to this incident.

Officers then asked Owens eight times to get into the police car, but he began to yell and resist, police said. According to the affidavit, another officer hit Owens' leg in order to get him to cooperate, and Owens struck the officer in the face with his forehead.

Owens has been charged with assaulting a peace officer and resisting arrest. The total amount of his bonds equate to $28,000. Owens was in police custody as of Friday.