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Man laying in road allegedly pulls knife on officer

Richard Wayne Anderson

Richard Wayne Anderson

Prescott police arrested a man Tuesday on charges of aggravated assault against a police officer after he allegedly pulled a knife on an officer trying to get him to move from where he lay across the northbound lane of traffic in the 100 block of N. Montezuma Street.

An officer booked Richard Wayne Anderson, 27, of Chino Valley into the Yavapai County Jail on charges of aggravated assault against a peace officer, resisting arrest, and obstructing a public thoroughfare. At 11:41 p.m., an officer patrolling the downtown area saw two people in the roadway directing traffic out of the northbound lane of Montezuma Street, a man lying across that lane, and cars swerving around him.

The man lying in the road, later identified as Anderson, told the officer that he wanted to get run over because his kids have more than him, according to the police report. When the officer told the man to get out of the roadway, Anderson refused, allegedly pulled a knife on the officer, got into a fighting stance and told the officer, "Let's do this," according to the police report. As the officer took him to the ground, Anderson refused to put his hands behind his back to be cuffed and tried to grab the officer's Taser twice, according to the police report.

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