KILLEEN — A Fort Bliss soldier with Killeen ties who aided children during the El Paso mass shooting in August was arrested by the Harker Heights police Wednesday night on a “military desertion warrant out of Fort Hood,” according to a report.
Pfc. Glendon Oakley Jr. was arrested in the 500 block of Central Texas Expressway at 11:09 p.m. on the warrant.
In early August, Oakley was shopping at a nearby Footlocker in El Paso when a child ran inside the store and said there was a mass shooting, according to multiple media outlets. Oakley, who has a gun permit, drew his weapon and left the store.
“I saw a whole bunch of kids running around without their parents … I tried to pick up as many as I could and bring them with me,” he told MSNBC. “I’m in the military, so when I hear gunshots, I just think ‘take cover.’ But I was so worried about those kids.”
According to news reports, Oakley picked up as many children as he could and rushed them outside, getting them to safety.
For his efforts, Oakley was hailed as a hero by public officials, and met President Donald Trump when the president went to El Paso following the Aug. 3 mass shooing at an El Paso Walmart that killed 22.
Oakley serves as an automated logistical specialist assigned to the 504th Composite Supply Company stationed at Fort Bliss.
No statement has been released by the Fort Bliss Public Affairs Office as of Thursday afternoon.
Oakley is listed in custody at the Bell County Jail with no bond set, according to the jail’s website.