Drone, ham radio destroyed amid headbutting assault

AUSTIN (KXAN) – An Austin man is facing charges after police say he tossed a drone and a ham radio over the fence because he was tired of his neighbor “getting in his head.”

Steven Anthony Garza faces an assault charge in connection with the incident. According to the arrest affidavit filed by Austin Police, Garza stormed into Matthew Hammons’ yard while Hammons was using his amateur radio equipment to talk with his father. Hammons told police Garza charged him while making gestures indicating he was looking to fight. Hammons told officers Garza first broke his radio’s antenna and then headbutted him; Hammons went inside.

While inside his home, Hammons told police he watched as Garza threw his Yaesu 857D radio and a personal DJI Phantom drone over the fence causing $4,000 in damage.

Garza told the officers Hammons was using the equipment to spy on him and was using “triangulation” to speak to him in his head.

Garza was arrested and booked into the Travis County Jail on charges of assault causing bodily injury and criminal mischief. He was still in jail in lieu of $10,000 bond at the time this story was published.

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