An eighteen-year-old man has been charged after he allegedly tracked down and confronted a Pierce County Sheriff’s deputy at home Feb. 9 over an underage drinking citation.
Joshua Paul Yacovone was arraigned Friday in Pierce County Superior Court on charges of third-degree assault and intimidating a public servant.
According to court documents, a deputy identified as M. Smith was walking to his patrol car in his driveway around 8:10 p.m. when he noticed Yacovone exit a vehicle across the street. Yacovone reportedly accused the deputy of taking his money and left only after Smith pointed a rifle at him.
The dispute arose from an earlier incident that day; around 3:30 a.m., Smith stopped Yacovone, who was riding his bicycle in the 21200 block of 66th Avenue East in Frederickson. Yacovone allegedly told the deputy that he had been drinking alcohol and was a “Hatchet,” a reference to the rap musical group Insane Clown Posse, whose followers are Juggalos. Smith cited him for being a minor in possession of alcohol and released him, the court documents stated.
Yacovone was arrested at his residence. He pleaded not guilty and is being held on $100,000 bail.