Cedric Steele, who has been living in an abandoned home on Donnelly Avenue, was arrested late Tuesday in a convenience store parking lot in the 6000 block of Camp Bowie Boulevard, Fort Worth Police Chief Jeffrey Halstead said.
He faces a charge of arson of a building. Bond is set at $50,000.
Steele had visited Davis’ office Friday and again Monday, requesting to speak with the senator about a tazing incident that occurred in Michigan, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.
He left behind part of a dead animal, “stating it was a new species and wanted the senator to see it,” the affidavit said.
Davis said Steele’s demeanor and his demands led her staff members to believe that “he was probably not completely stable.”
Police said Steele likely acted alone. Police found empty bottles, wicks and an empty can of lighter fluid in the vacant house, Halstead said.
Cedric Steele, 40, was arrested in connection with the attack on state Sen. Wendy Davis’ Fort Worth office.
If there was anything politically motivated about this one, it was a silent protect against funding cuts of mental health practitioners.
More than 20,000 Texans who receive state-funded mental health services would lose care under budget cuts proposed this week by the Department of State Health Services.
The agency — acting on an order from state leaders to reduce its 2012-13 budget by 10 percent — released a list this week of $245.9 million in proposed cuts. And while services across the agency were affected, mental health programs took the hardest hit — $134 million in proposed cuts.
A proposed $80 million cut to the state’s 39 publicly supported community mental health centers, which provide low-cost psychiatric care for poor or uninsured people, would eliminate services to 11,000 adults and 2,000 children across Texas, according to the agency.
Another $44 million in cuts to five state psychiatric hospitals — in Austin, Terrell, San Antonio, Rusk and Wichita Falls — would eliminate 183 beds, or 12 percent of their total capacity. Austin State Hospital would lose 24 of its 299 beds.