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Sherman Man Arrested In Midway Mall Crash

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A man accused of driving into Midway Mall was taken into custody last Friday. A man accused of driving into Midway Mall was taken into custody last Friday.
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SHERMAN, TX -- A man accused of driving into Midway Mall has been arrested on a charge of criminal mischief after he was earlier taken into custody for a mental evaluation.

Surveillance video shows the SUV driving into the mall, where workers say the man had been acting erratically. Just the same day, the mall manager had called police, but police say the man came back.

The moment was caught on tape Friday -- a man driving his car, through a post and into the front doors of Midway Mall.

"I didn't know it was him until he came into the mall and I was going to take him down no matter what the situation," says security guard Shonnon Hoaglen.

Hoaglen rushed to the front door and recognized the man shouting and waving a cane. With a Colorado police officer bystander, they tied him with his belt.

"A scary situation for everybody, women, children, mall merchants, even men were running," says Hoaglen.

After being taken for mental evaluation Friday at a Texoma Medical Center behavioral health building, police formally arrested Edwin Scott Goodwater, 53, of Sherman, on Wednesday afternoon on a charge of criminal mischief.

"Most people were obviously concerned about why somebody would do that, they were concerned about an active shooter," says police Sgt. D.M. Hampton.

The mall has now put up plywood where the man drove through the glass doors. They estimate it could take up to $20,000 to repair.

"He gave me an ER bill, he also gave me a dental bill and a plan of action for how he wanted to repair his dental costs," says mall manager Tabetha Snow.

Snow says on Tuesday, the man claimed he'd walked into a door and damaged a back tooth. "Our mall security went to try to take an injury report. A camera came to his attention along the way. When the gentleman saw mall security with the camera, he forcefully tried to take it from security," says Snow.

The man was twice told to leave. Friday, workers said he put a sharpened fingernail through a shoe box. Snow called police and says the man was pulled over on Fallon Drive, but later returned, and drove into the door.

Goodwater's bond was set at $200,000. He is charged with criminal mischief over $1,500 and under $20,000. If convicted, he could face up to two years in state jail and a $10,000 fine.