KILLEEN — Pfc. Glendon Oakley, 22, who was credited with getting children to safety during the Aug. 3 mass shooting in El Paso, was no longer listed in the Bell County Jail Friday morning and will soon face military charges, officials said.
“Pfc. Oakley was absent without leave and was apprehended pursuant to a military administrative warrant,” according to an email from Army officials at Fort Bliss, where Oakley is stationed. “Pfc. Oakley is in police custody pending return to Ft. Bliss where the chain of command is prepared to receive the Soldier and address the issue according to applicable laws, regulation, and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Out of respect for the Soldier’s privacy, no further information will be released at this time.”
Fort Bliss would not confirm if he was back at the Army post next to El Paso.
Oakley, a graduate of Ellison High School in Killeen, was arrested by the Harker Heights police Wednesday night on a “military desertion warrant out of Fort Hood,” according to a Harker Heights Police Department daily crime report.
Oakley was arrested in the 500 block of Central Texas Expressway at 11:09 p.m. Oct. 2 on the warrant.
In early August Oakley was shopping at a Footlocker in the Cielo Vista Mall near a Walmart 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.
“You could hear all of the chaos going around, and that’s when I did what I was trained to do,” Oakley said. “I quickly reacted and I thought to myself if my child were there how I would want someone else to react. I just took action and tried to get as many kids as possible.”
Fort Hood officials said on Thursday a Fort Bliss military detail was en route to return Oakley to Fort Bliss.
As of Friday morning, the Bell County Jail website shows Oakley is no longer in custody.