Warner Robins restaurant employee: Man gunned truck into gaggle of geese

bpurser@macon.comJuly 30, 2013 

William Cook

WARNER ROBINS -- Holly Morell said she was horrified Sunday night when she witnessed a slow-moving white pickup truck suddenly speed up and drive into a gaggle of geese she and fellow restaurant employees had been feeding moments earlier.

“He just saw the whole flock and just hit the gas,” said Morell, who works at Stevi B’s on Watson Boulevard. “He hit -- killed two.”

Warner Robins police identified the driver as William Paul Cook, 52, and charged him with misdemeanor cruelty to animals, online police records show. Cook, who could not be reached for comment, is free on a $1,100 bond, jail records show.

Morell said she was sitting outside the back of the restaurant on a break as the geese made their way across the alleyway that separates a pond and the employee entrances to the shopping center.

The geese often coming running when they see someone wearing a Stevi B’s work shirt, Morell said, because she and other employees feed the geese discarded pizza they retrieve from the trash.

“I just cannot believe he did it,” Morell said. “We just love to feed them. We take pictures of their babies and watch them grow up.

“It’s like running over a person, to me. And there could have been other people around the corner.”

Trying not to cry, Morell said she went inside the restaurant and told the manager, who called police. Officers were already on their way, having received a call from another witness, she said.

A couple with a 4-year-old in the car captured the truck’s tag number and called police, Morell said. The truck was carrying new mattresses with the plastic still attached.

Morell said the incident was captured on video surveillance and turned over to police, who took away the dead geese in a trash bag.

The remaining geese have not returned to the restaurant for food, she said.

To contact writer Becky Purser, call 256-9559.

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