Crime

Man in traffic rubbing his butt on cars wasn’t going down without a fight, police say

A man was arrested for stopping traffic to rub his butt on cars in Tacoma’s Stadium District on Tuesday, according to Pierce County prosecutors.

The 41-year-old transient has been charged in Pierce County Superior Court with felony harassment, misdemeanor harassment and third-degree assault. The man will have a competency hearing Sept. 14.

According to charging documents:

Tacoma police received a handful of reports describing a man’s erratic actions about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday throughout the Stadium District.

One person said the man was threatening to assault people. Another said he was stopping traffic to rub his butt on cars. A third said the man was blocking traffic and punching vehicles. A fourth caller told police he was on North Sixth Street.

A Tacoma officer responded, found the man and told him to stop.

The man turned around with his fists clenched and held near his chin, telling the officer to stay away so he wouldn’t have to hurt him.

The man approached him, and the officer ordered him to the ground. The man ignored the officer and put his hand in his pocket.

When the officer asked the man to take his hand from his pocket, he offered a profane retort.

The officer then used a Taser on the man. Once the man dropped to the ground, he tried to grab the officer by the ankle and bring him down as well. The officer responded with a second jolt from the Taser, after which he was able to handcuff the man.

The officer met with an employee of a nearby grocery store who said the man had been seen pleasuring himself in the store and refused to leave when he was asked to by an employee.

The man threw punches at store employees and customers until he left the store.

Prosecutors wrote that they may also charge the man with indecent exposure.

Kenny Ocker: 253-597-8627, @KennyOcker

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