Matthew Emerson Reynolds, 29, was allegedly caught by a camera that tore the flags of an exhibition in the Denton County Courthouse in Texas earlier this week.
A Texas man was arrested after he knocked down a flag that was standing outside a courthouse, on the side of the road, and threw it in the middle of the street.
Matthew Emerson Reynolds, 29, of Denton, was riding his bike along the sidewalk when, suddenly, he stopped for no apparent reason.
The surveillance images capture the moment when the man grabs the mast and throws it like a javelin in the middle of the road.
Then, as if nothing had happened, he went back to his bicycle and rode away on his bicycle.
A passing motorist saw what had happened and immediately stopped to raise the flag.
The man seems particularly annoyed by what he has just witnessed, but carefully places the flag where he belonged.
Reynolds is supposedly seen riding to the flagpole on his bicycle
Without thinking for a moment, the man grabbed the flag and threw it into the street
What Reynolds did not count on was that all his movements were being captured on CCTV.
It was not long before the police could discover his identity and issue an arrest warrant.
& # 39; I do not care what your political affiliation. I do not care how you feel about the flag, "said Denton County Sheriff Tracy Murphree." I do not care how you feel about the president. You can not destroy other people's property.
Reynolds is no stranger to the police. Your criminal record sheet includes an illegal entry and lying to the police.
The cars ended up stopping after seeing that the flag was thrown to the street
A passerby ended up pulling to pick up the flag of the road and put it back
The public helped the Denton County Sheriff's Office identify Reynolds after the sheriff's office posted on Facebook announcing they were looking for him.
After he was identified, the authorities announced that he surrendered.
The man has now been arrested to face charges of criminal conduct after it was revealed that he had actually damaged nine flags that day.
The Rotary Club of Denton places hundreds of flags around the city throughout the year on holidays as its largest annual fundraiser
So far, no explanation has been offered to the sudden outbreak and deliberately unpatriotic act that violates the Code of Banking laws that require "respect for the flag." If convicted, Reynolds could face 180 days in jail and fines.
Meanwhile, the flag outside the courthouse on Elm Street in Denton is now back in place.
The Rotary Club of Denton places hundreds of flags around the city throughout the year on holidays as its largest annual fundraiser.
The flags usually contribute about $ 20,000 per year for local charities and scholarships.