Two Time Warner Cable repairmen told police a homeowner pointed a loaded gun at them as they tried to work on an outage in the area.
According to Austin Police, the two workers said there was a cable/phone outage in the area of the 8300 Alum Rock Drive and that they had traced the outage to a home in the area. The employees said they approached the home of Roberto Benavides, 38, who told them they couldn’t access his yard to make repairs.
The two employees retrieved a ladder from their truck and an Easement Rights form in case Benavides came out while they were working.
According to the arrest affidavit, the two men began working on the cable box and Benavides came out of his home and approached the workers. The Time Warner Cable workers said Benavides told them they were trespassing and needed to leave.
At this point, one of the workers allegedly tried to present Benavides with the Easement Rights letter and he pulled out a handgun and pointed at the worker. The arrest warrant said Benavides allegedly told the workers they had “two seconds to leave” and both workers ran off and called the police.
According to police, Benavides admitted he pulled his gun in the dispute but denied pointing it at the workers. He also allegedly denied knowing the two workers were from Time Warner Cable.
However, on Benavides’ 911 call he clearly stated both men were Time Warner employees, according to the arrest affidavit. Benavides said he told the workers they couldn’t enter because he was busy with his 5-year-old child and his dogs, but the workers jumped the fence anyway.
Police arrested Benavides for coming with 15 feet of the Time Warner Cable workers who were performing a legal action. Benavides faces a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a second degree felony, and given a $7,500 bond.