A University of Texas at San Antonio graduate student borrowed the name of a movie villain when he threatened to kill a witness to the slaying of a tow truck driver outside a student-housing complex last week, police said.
The student, Jason Christopher Miears, has been charged with murder in the March 24 shooting death of tow truck driver Jose Fernandez outside Miears' apartment building in the 6800 block of UTSA Boulevard.
According to an arrest affidavit, a man claiming to be “Ben Wade” called 911 after the 2:30 a.m. shooting.
“The caller said that if the handling detective did not call him back in five minutes, he would kill a witness to the murder,” the warrant states.
A detective called back and left messages but could not reach Miears. After obtaining call records, police determined the phone had recently been purchased at a Target in the 12600 block of Interstate 10 West. Video surveillance of the date of purchase showed Miears buying the phone along with a copy of “310 to Yuma,” a Western film starring Christian Bale and Russell Crowe.
Crowe plays the movie's villain, Ben Wade. Police found a copy of the film while searching Miears' apartment.
The recent court document has shed more light on a bizarre string of crimes that police say Miears has been linked to over a week's time. He remains jailed with combined bond set at $2 million.
The Dallas-area native, whose parents both are lawyers, was arrested Thursday on suspicion of robbing an IBC Bank of $4,000 in the 16300 block of Huebner Road.
Miears also is accused of shooting at a resident of his apartment complex, The Outpost, on March 20, according to the court document.
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