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Charges filed in assault at Tacoma gas station

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on May 29, 2009 at 2:00 pm |
May 29, 2009 2:00 pm

Pierce County prosecutors have filed charges against a man who allegedly assaulted a Tacoma gas station owner after the owner refused to sell him a beer.

Bobbie Simmons, 55, was charged with first-degree assault and resisting arrest Thursday in connection with the Wednesday night incident at a gas station in the 2300 block of South 12th Street.

Court documents provide the following information:

Officers responded to the gas station just after 9:30 p.m. Wednesday. They found the victim standing next to a van parked at the gas pumps. It appeared the victim was fighting with someone in the van.

“Police observed (the victim) fall backwards as if he had been hit, pushed or shot,” court documents state. “(The victim) was bleeding profusely from the forehead and face.”

Officers tried to detain the driver, who was later identified as Simmons. The officers struggled to get him into custody.

Officers noted Simmons appeared to be intoxicated. He told officers he tried to buy a beer from the convenience store but the owner refused to sell it because Simmons was already drunk.

The two argued.

“Simmons left and admitted that he knocked over part of chip display,” court documents state.

According to Simmons, the victim followed Simmons to the van and tried to prevent him from leaving, grabbing his keys. Simmons grabbed the handle of a socket wrench and hit the victim in the head.

That’s when the police arrived. Simmons said he didn’t think he had to comply with the officers’ commands.

Witnesses told officers that Simmons punched the victim several times in front of the store. The victim demanded Simmons wait for officers and he declined. Witnesses also reported that Simmons hit the clerk multiple times with the wrench handle.

The victim was taken to a local trauma center for treatment. He was expected to survive.

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