Social worker threatened with a gun, told to leave neighborhood

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Bellmead police report that a social worker was told at the point of a gun that she did not belong in a neighborhood and to get out of it.

The victim, who worked with a charitable foundation, had mistakenly gone to the wrong home and was confronted by a man later identified as 28-year-old Joseph Walter Tapley III.

Joseph Walter Tapley III

She told police that she attempted to leave but at one point, said Tapley pushed her car door shut and displayed the weapon.

The second time she attempted to get in her car, she was able to keep the door open and drove for help.

Police were told that the incident occurred in the Colonial Estates Addition.

Police went to the area and found Tapley who matched the description they had been given.

When they approached him, because they knew he might be carrying a weapon, they ordered him to put his hands on his head.

At first he refused, the reached slowly toward his waistband, leading officers to draw their weapons.

That time when he was ordered to put his hands on his head, he complied and was taken into custody.

They recovered what appeared to be a semi-automatic pistol which was what officers believed he displayed to the victim.

It was later confirmed to be an air pistol, though at first appearance looked real, with police saying that to the victim, it would have indeed looked like a deadly weapon.

Tapley was transported to the McLennan County Jail and booked in on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

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