A Big Spring man was arrested and charged with aggravated robbery and criminal mischief Thursday after a bizarre turn of events at the local Wagon Wheel restaurant.
Lapaul Eric Scaggs, 36, of 510 S. Benton, was arrested Thursday by Big Spring Police Department officers on charges of aggravated robbery and criminal mischief – more than $1,500 and less than $20,000 after law enforcement officials say he allegedly refused to pay for his meal.
“Scaggs was a passenger in a vehicle which stopped at the Wagon Wheel restaurant,” Sgt. Tony Everett, public information officer for the BSPD, said. “When the carhop brought the food to the car, Scaggs told the carhop he didn't have the money to pay for it. According to witness reports, he threatened the carhop.”
According to witness statements, Scaggs allegedly told the carhop to “Get the (expletive) back” and reached for what the carhop believed to be a handgun in his waistband.
“At first, the carhop thought they saw a handgun,” Everett said. “However, no firearm was found in the possession of Scaggs. He was, however, in possession of a knife at the time of the crime.”
Everett said the driver of the vehicle — who was not arrested as a result of Thursday's events — paid for the food before leaving the restaurant.
Following the altercation at the Wagon Wheel — located at 2010 Scurry St. — Everett said the story takes a bizarre turn … directly into a local home.
“Moments after the altercation at the Wagon Wheel was reported to police, the car Scaggs was a passenger in hit a home in the 500 block of Owens,” Everett said. “According to witness statements, Scaggs grabbed the steering wheel while the vehicle was in motion, causing it to leave the roadway and hit the house. That's why he has been charged with criminal mischief.”
Everett said the damage caused by the crash has not yet been estimated.
“Scaggs was transported from the scene of the crash to the emergency room at Scenic Mountain Medical Center with minor — if any — injuries,” he said. “He was treated and released and taken into custody by the BSPD, after which he was booked into the county detention center.”
As of press time, bond had not yet been set for the Big Spring man.