Police say man robbed donation money from kids and assaulted a man with box cutter

Austin Police have arrested a man who allegedly robbed donation money from children and threatened  a man with a knife. 

According to court documents on Saturday around 3 p.m. children were soliciting donations on the corner of East 7th Street and Pleasant Valley for a funeral.  When witness said a man identified as 51-year-old Tommie Adams accepted money from a driver stopped at a red light.

The witness told police he saw a woman roll down her window and hold out money, he said Adams walked up and grabbed the money and told the woman that he would give her donation to the children. 

Moments later, the witness told police he saw Adams place the money in his pocket and walk off. He also told police he heard the woman yell “he better give that money to those kids.” 

The witness then told police that he had approached Adams and told him that the money was intended for the children.  Adams then pulled a box cutter from his pocket and threatened him said police.

Upon arrival, the officer was waved down by the witness and told that the Adams had boarded a city bus attempting to leave the scene.  

According to court documents the police officer secured the bus from leaving by parking his patrol car in front of it.  After, the witness informed the officer that Adams was carrying a knife.

The officer then ordered passengers to exit the bus. The first person to exit the bus fit Adams description and the officer directed him to drop the bag he was carrying and to get on the ground said police.

Adams did not comply to police orders however, when the officer informed Adams that he would be forced to tase him Adams sat down on the ground said police. 

Police restrained and handcuffed Adams. 

Adams is being held on a $20,000 bond and has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.