Waller man indicted for ramming FBI gate, DOJ says

Gavel. (Generic) (Photo by EKATERINA BOLOVTSOVA)

WALLER, Texas – A 43-year-old Waller man has been charged with willfully injuring or committing a depredation against property of the United States, the U.S. Attorney Office announced.

Authorities took Jesus Jaimes Merlan into custody on Thursday.

A federal grand jury returned the indictment July 21. Merlan is charged with allegedly ramming his truck and trailer into the signage entrance to the FBI on May 11, causing damages in excess of $1,000.

If convicted, Merlan faces up to 10 years in prison and a possible $250,000 maximum fine.

The Federal Protection Service conducted the investigation with the assistance of the FBI, Houston Police Department and General Services Administration.