On Wednesday, Arcata Police Tasered and Subdued Agitated Man (Video)
On April 15, about 4 p.m., an agitated man began drawing attention in the Arcata Plaza. “I watched the whole thing go down,” wrote Jimi Axis, an Arcata resident.
According to Axis, the man although he started acting out at the Plaza went up to the free clinic and then down to the hardware store.
“I was following him going around the block watching waiting for him to smash a window of a business or someone’s car or something,” Axis wrote. “And when [I] saw him at the hardware store…he had created a huge Scene…He was on the ROOF of a Mercedes [B]enz and there was 4 people yelling and starting to chase him. He then ran away down to the co-op.”
Law enforcement had been requested and for awhile, it seemed as if things might calm down as the man laid on the ground for a short time.
Axis was filming from his car as the man became aggressive. “He…got up and started charging and scaring the hardware store guy and (I locked my doors),” Axis wrote. “He then ran down to K street.”
Axis drove around the block and, he said, when he returned the agitated man was in “a verbal conflict” with Arcata Police Chief Brian Ahearn.
At this point, Axis filmed the scene above.
Arcata Police Chief Brian Ahearn said he was happy that his officers were able to subdue the man.
“There was a tremendous potential for injury,” he told us. “We were able to get [the agitated man] into custody so that he was no longer be able to hurt anyone or damage any property…I’m really proud of my officers for working together as a team and to ensure there was no longer a threat to the community.”
Ahearn said that the suspect “had to be taken to the hospital have the taser probes taken out.” In addition, the Chief said the man also “had a rash on his face.”
The Chief said, “It appears as if [the suspect] were on a hallucinogen or a controlled substance.” The suspect, Curtis Collins, age 31, was charged with assault on police officer, battery on a police officer, and vandalism.