Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Kenneth Ray Paynes.

AUSTIN, Texas – The Austin Police Department is looking for a suspect charged with entering the Nyle Maxwell Supercenter service garage and brandishing an assault weapon around employees earlier this month.

Police say the incident began on January 3 at around 10:50 a.m. when a black Dodge Charger pulled into the garage bay and waited for the pressure sensor to open the door. The garage was malfunctioning that day, police said, so it did not respond to the sensor. That’s when the Charger moved forward, hitting the door several times before parking.

Officials said the man then exited the vehicle, holding an AK-47 pistol also known as “Draco”. As he exited the Charger, police said employees and customers began to flee and hide from the man, believing it might be a potential active shooter situation. The man reportedly drove around the business for a few minutes, described as looking for someone, before leaving in the Charger.

The suspect has been identified as Kenneth Ray Paynes. Police said he remains at large and is wanted on three felony warrants, including terrorism threat, motor vehicle escape and criminal mischief.

Police said a search warrant was executed Jan. 12 at the Paynes residence in Travis County. .

Anyone with information about this case, including patrons who may have fled, is asked to call the ODA Aggravated Assault Unit at -512-974-4463, Crime Stoppers at 512-472 -TIPS or use the new Crime Stoppers app. You can also submit tips by downloading APD’s free mobile app, Austin PD, on iPhone and Android. Crime Stoppers is offering up to $1,000 in rewards for information leading to an arrest.

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