A Galveston County judge on Monday increased to $125,000 the bond of a Friendswood man accused of shooting his manager at a Dickinson auto shop.
Joshua Allen Lee, 29, is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in connection with shooting Michael Pavlas, 38, of Alvin, six times Jan. 12 during an argument between the two about Lee’s work hours.
Michael Pavlas, a father of two, had been a manager at the body shop in the 3000 block of Interstate 45 for about two years, his wife, Heather Pavlas, said.
Lee was being held in the Galveston County jail on $90,000, but district attorney officials requested a hearing to increase his bond.
“A bond is to ensure that a person appears for trial, but a court must also ensure the public’s safety,” Judge Michelle Slaughter said before ordering Lee’s bond increase.
Chief Assistant District Attorney Adam Poole had opened Monday’s hearing by requesting Lee’s bond be raised to $250,000 because of details that emerged after the shooting.
After the shooting, Lee fled the dealership in his 2011 Chevy Malibu, Dickinson police Sgt. Tim Cromie said.
A League City patrol officer spotted a car matching the description and a 3-mile chase ensued, ending in the Friendswood-Webster area, Cromie said.
The Malibu almost crashed into several cars during the pursuit, police said.
That officer, Todd Fibich, testified that he followed Lee back to a residence where Lee stopped the vehicle and tried to flee on foot.
Fibich said he used a Taser to stun Lee. Sometime during the exchange, Lee dropped a gun, Fibich said.
An officer waited by the firearm while Fibich took Lee into custody, he said.
Police later identified the gun as a .357-caliber Ruger revolver.
Lee’s attorney, Guy Womack, asked Slaughter not to raise the bond because his client couldn’t afford to get out of jail as it was.
Womack warned the court about lawsuits that had been filed over bonds in Harris County being too high.
“He can’t bond out now, especially not if you raise it even further,” Womack said. “Realistically, we might be back in here in the next few weeks asking to lower the bond.”
Slaughter ended the hearing by saying she thought Lee showed a disregard for the law and would be dangerous out of jail.
Slaughter also added a list of several conditions Lee would have to adhere to if he were to bond out of jail.
Those included limiting where he can go while awaiting trial and requiring him to submit to weekly drug testing, officials said.