Auburn's alleged tree poisoner arrested in Hammond
63-year-old Harvey Updyke Jr.
HAMMOND, La. (AP) - An Alabama football fan awaiting trial for his alleged involvement in the poisoning of Auburn's beloved trees at Toomer's Corner has been arrested in Louisiana following a dispute over refund for a lawnmower.
The Hammond Daily Star reports 63-year-old Harvey Updyke Jr. wanted $150 for returning a lawnmower to Lowe's but the store manager told him he was due $110. The situation escalated Sept. 18 and police were called.
One officer told Updyke the needed to contact an attorney because it was a civil case. Updyke says he was going to jail anyway and he "had a bad heart so he would come back and take care of everyone."
Officers booked him into the Tangipahoa Parish Jail on a terrorizing charge. He's since been released on a surety bond.
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