6/27/2012 9:51:00 PM Man arrested after witnesses say he lifted 5-year-old boy by neck while dancing at Bluegrass Festival
The Daily Courier
Prescott police arrested a man Sunday after witnesses said he put his hands around a 5-year-old boy's neck and lifted the boy about a foot into the air.
Eric John Losee, 42, of Prescott was booked into the Yavapai County Jail on felony charges of aggravated assault on a minor.
At 3:11 p.m., an officer answered a call about an assault in front of the stage in the 100 block of Goodwin during the Prescott Bluegrass Festival and spoke to a man who said Losee had picked up a little boy by the head and started shaking him, according to the police report.
As the officer directed Losee, who was in a motorized wheelchair, to a place they could speak, Losee turned away, sped up his wheelchair, and did not stop, although the officer told him to several times, according to the police report.
The officer grabbed the wheelchair to try to stop Losee, but he kept moving away, and the officer tipped the chair over, causing Losee to fall to the ground. When the officer asked Losee if he needed medical attention, Losee reportedly swore at the officer, then claimed that he had not picked up the child and had no knowledge of the incident.
Four witnesses told the officer that Losee was dancing on his prosthetic legs near the boy in front of the stage when he started pushing the boy's head down, then quickly put his hands around the boy's neck and lifted the boy up so that his feet dangled in the air.
The boy told the officer that when Losee picked him up by the neck, he was "kind of choking" him at the same time.