In 2262, Townsend led a gang and used violence to maintain leadership. He led the gang to confront Byron Gordon, as he was jealous of the telepaths' free ride while they had to manage in Downbelow, and would not let them pass. Townsend was confused when Gordon asked him to hit him in the head three times. Gordon then asked him what he actually got out of each of those punches, and if more would satisfy his anger. Townsend, stunned at the response, let the telepaths pass. He later intercepted Peter and beat him several times when Peter defensibly attacked him telekinetically with a pipe.
Later, a few of the other rogue telepaths tracked him down and beat him to death. His body was found by security.