Sword-wielding man avoiding prostitution arrest battles officers

Sword-wielding man battles officers trying to avoid prostitution arrest (Woodway Police Photo)
Sword-wielding man battles officers trying to avoid prostitution arrest (Woodway Police Photo)

WOODWAY, Texas (KWKT/KXAN) — A Waco-area man is in custody after police say he slashed an officer with a sword in an effort to avoid arrest during a prostitution sting.

The Woodway Public Safety Department reported several arrests during a three-day prostitution operation including Billy Linkous, 27, who faces a slew of charges stemming from his attempt to escape when he realized the meeting was not with a prostitute but rather police.

According to an alert from police, Linkous tried to speed away in his vehicle before he crashed into a parked car. One of the officer’s body cameras captured what happened next as Linkous then pulled out the sword and a shield to battle officers. Officers shot him with a Taser and a struggle ensued as they tried to arrest him.

Billy Linkous, 27, was arrested after he evaded officer’s attempts to detain him as he arrived to meet whom he believed to be a prostitute. (Waco Police Department Photo)
Billy Linkous, 27, was arrested after he evaded officer’s attempts to detain him as he arrived to meet whom he believed to be a prostitute. (Waco Police Department Photo)

One of the officers was injured by the sword during the scuffle. As a result, Linkous was arrested on numerous charges including first degree felony aggravated assault on a public servant with a deadly weapon, evading arrest with vehicle, evading arrest on foot, resisting arrest with deadly weapon, and unlawfully carrying weapon. Linkous was booked into the McLennan County Jail on bonds totaling $132,500.

In all, police arrested nine people in connection with the prostitution sting.

Woodway is a town of about 9,000 residents on the outskirts of Waco. This story was first reported by KWKT-TV. 

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