Authorities on Friday are searching for a man accused of brandishing what police described as an AK-47 pistol inside a car dealership in Northwest Austin earlier this month, causing employees and customers to hide from who they believed was an active shooter.
Austin police said Kenneth Ray Paynes, who now has three felony warrants including one for making a terroristic threat, first arrived at Nyle Maxwell PreOwned SuperCenter at 13401 RM 620 North at 10:50 a.m. on Jan. 3.
Once at the dealership, Paynes stayed inside his Dodge Charger and attempted to get into the garage, police said. Paynes was trying to use the pressure sensor that opens the garage door, but it was malfunctioning that day so the doors would not open.
Paynes, once he realized the sensor was not working, rammed his Charger into the garage multiple times before getting out of his vehicle with the pistol in hand.
Employees and customers, once they realized Paynes was armed, ran away and hid from him. Witnesses say Paynes walked around the dealership for a few minutes, appearing to look for someone, before he left without firing his weapon.
Authorities obtained a search warrant for Paynes' home on Wednesday and found the AK-47 pistol, commonly referred to as a “Draco,” loaded with a 40-round magazine inside the Charger, along with three semi-automatic pistols and what police described as two AR-15 rifles.
Paynes, however, has yet to be found. Anyone with more information on his whereabouts can call the APD Aggravated Assault Unit at 512-974-4463, Crime Stoppers at 512-472-8477 or use the new Crime Stoppers App.
You can also submit tips by downloading APD’s mobile app, Austin PD, for free on iPhone and Android. Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $1,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest.
This article originally appeared on Austin American-Statesman: Man with firearm at Austin car dealership still at large, police say