Crime

Man claiming to be God exposes himself to Eatonville school bus, documents say

A man proclaiming to be God pulled his pants down in front of an Eatonville school bus last week, then smashed a glass bottle against the bus, injuring a child riding it, according to court documents.

Matthew Mark Miller, 31, of Tacoma was arraigned in Pierce County Superior Court on Wednesday on charges of third-degree child assault, obstructing a law enforcement officer, three counts of indecent exposure and two counts of malicious mischief. He pleaded not guilty and paid bond after his bail was set at $40,000.

According to court documents:

Miller was standing in the road when a bus approached him June 2 near Alder Cutoff Road and Alder Mashel Road East.

He dropped his pants.

The bus driver tried to drive around Miller, who threw a glass bottle against the bus, breaking two windows. A 9-year-old boy – one of three passengers – was cut by the glass but was not seriously injured.

Miller then went to the 50400 block of Mountain Highway East.

A man there called 911 to say he was going to shoot a naked man in the street. The caller was driving and had stopped to help Miller, who yelled and screamed at him.

The caller feared for his life and pulled out a handgun. Miller walked into the barrel of the gun and urged the caller to shoot him because he was God.

Miller then broke the driver’s side mirror off the caller’s vehicle.

Another vehicle stopped to help Miller after he had put on pants, and Miller reached through the driver’s window and punched the driver.

Washington State Patrol troopers arrived to find an uncooperative Miller. He made sexual comments to the troopers, and he was arrested.

Miller’s bail agreement prohibits him from going within 1,000 feet of a school bus.

Kenny Ocker: 253-597-8627, @KennyOcker

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