Charges: Anthony Nickson, desperate for three hots and cot, grabs officer's gun to force arrest
On the night of August 2, a 49-year-old Hudson, Wisconsin man named Anthony Nickson desperately wanted to go to jail. No, that's not a typo -- his highest wish was to spend at least a night in the slammer, at least according to a criminal complaint later filed against him.
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So Nickson strolled into the SuperAmerica at 296 Seventh St. E. in St. Paul with his hands up. He approached an off-duty officer who was working in full uniform there and asked to be handcuffed and hauled away.
The complaint says the officer thought Nickson was joking -- at first. But a hint as to what was really going on came when a woman entered the store, threw something at Nickson, and yelled, "Here's your shit!"
The officer suggested Nickson call a friend or stay at a shelter for the night, but as the two chatted, he noticed Nickson's eyes wandering from his eyes down to his gun holster. He backed away as Nickson said, "You need to take me to jail... I'm gonna take your fucking gun!"
Whoever wrote the criminal complaint must've watched Breaking Bad. Check out the passage describing what happened next:
Sergeant Gray quickly assessed that thing were going to break bad as he is 5'11" and weighs 210 pounds while Nickson stood between 6'3"-6'4" and weighs well over 300 pounds. Sergeant Gray requested another squad on the radio, and Nickson lunged at him. They wrestled and Sergeant Gray felt Nickson tugging on his gun in its holster.Nickson almost succeeded in wresting control of the firearm, but two other officers arrived just in the nick of time. Even three cops, however, had a hard time -- the complaint says Nickson, still struggling with Sergeant Gray, looked at the other two and said, "I'm going to take one of your guns."
Since none of the officers had tasers, one of the cops eventually struck Nickson in the face with his flashlight in order to subdue him.
Nickson's ultimate wish was granted -- sort of. Unconscious, he was transported to Regions Hospital, where he was diagnosed "with only minor abrasions and cuts," as the complaint puts it.
Nickson will likely be able to enjoy three hots and a cot for a while, as he's been charged with multiple felonies, including attempted disarming of a police officers and making terroristic threats.
A Ramsey County courts official tells us Nickson only has one previous arrest in Minnesota, back in 2011 for DWI and driving after his license had been canceled. He ended up pleading guilty to a lesser careless driving charge and spent only a few days in jail.
To read Nickson's latest charges for yourself, click to page two.