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Texas Man Used His Riding Lawnmower To Shoot Rocks At 9-Year-Old Girl And Her Mom, Cops Say

Johnny Dewitt Manning, 72, of Sante Fe was arrested on Saturday. The woman’s face was injured, and the girl has a red mark on her nose and said she felt pain when the rocks hit.

By JB Nicholas

A Texas man was arrested for pelting a 9-year-old girl, her mom and her dad's car with rocks — using his riding lawn mower, cops say.

Johnny Dewitt Manning, 72, of Sante Fe was charged with causing injury to a child, felony criminal mischief and misdemeanor assault in the Saturday attack, according to ABC 13, a local affiliate in Houston.

The woman who Manning attacked is his roommate, the Galveston County Daily News reported. The riding mower attack was apparently sparked by a feud between Manning and the woman's ex-husband, ABC 13 reported. It all started when the ex-husband dropped off the woman and their daughter at the home she shares with Manning Saturday afternoon.

When the man stopped his SUV at the end of Manning’s driveway, Manning got on his riding mower, drove down his gravel driveway toward the SUV, and turned near it, sending rocks flying toward the SUV, pelting the vehicle, the woman and the girl with flying debris, police said.

The rocks hit the woman and the 9-year-old, according to an affidavit executed by a police officer who investigated the attack and arrested Manning, the Galveston County Daily News reported. The woman’s face was injured, and her daughter has a red mark on her nose and said she felt pain when the rocks hit.

The SUV also sustained more than $2,500 in damage, including two shattered windows on the passenger's side, dents, and damage to the paint, wheels and tires, according to the affidavit.

A video the man shot shows that the grass in Manning’s yard had already been cut, and that Manning intentionally drove the lawnmower to the end of the driveway to throw rocks at the victims, the newspaper said, citing the affidavit.

The women’s ex-husband told police that Manning “does not like him,” and after his arrest Manning confessed the attack to police, and told them he “would do so again if he had the chance,” according to the affidavit.

Manning was initially held on $46,500 bond, the newspaper reported, but had been released by Monday.

[Galveston County Sheriff's Department]

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