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Local man convicted of attacking officer in downtown Houston

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Texas

HOUSTON – A 37-year-old Houston resident has pleaded guilty to assault of a federal officer after damaging two downtown buildings, announced U.S. Attorney Alamdar S. Hamdani.

On Oct. 26, 2023, Justin Wade Prophet was outside the federal courthouse in Houston during the early morning hours when he smashed a window with a long metal pole. He then walked to another building across the street, broke another window with the same pole and gained entry. While inside, he attempted to assault an individual who was on his way to work. He also damaged additional property. 

Authorities from the federal courthouse confronted him shortly thereafter, at which time Prophet struck one of them with the pole. The officer shot Prophet in his lower extremities. Law enforcement immediately took Prophet into custody and transported him to the hospital.

“Brandishing a long metal pole, Prophet displayed a blatant disregard for public safety,” said Hamdani. “It is my office’s mission to protect federal facilities and Houston’s citizens, and with the help of local and federal partners, Prophet is now off the streets destined for a room full of metal poles—a prison cell.”

U.S. District Judge David Hittner has set sentencing for June 20. At that time, Prophet faces up to 20 years in federal prison and a possible $250,000 maximum fine.

Prophet has been and will remain in custody pending sentencing.

The Department of Homeland Security - Federal Protective Service and Houston Police Department conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney John M. Lewis is prosecuting the case.

Updated March 25, 2024

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