Charges: Anthony Nickson, desperate for three hots and cot, grabs officer's gun to force arrest

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Anthony Nickson
Well, here's a weird one.

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.


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James Billy Ray Cypress
James Billy Ray Cypress

Exactly. These rubes wouldn't know how to assimilate/assess culture even it smacked them in the face. For shame.

Lindsey White
Lindsey White

While he's not goin to be hungry now an he's gots a place to stay.

Mai Alyschild
Mai Alyschild

He's lucky they didn't just 'stand their ground' (mow him down) which is what would have happened in Florida

Carmen Myers
Carmen Myers

Sadly as a psychiatric nurse I will tell you this is pretty common and sad People on the streets get so exhausted and frightened In SF the common way to get arrested was peeing off pier 39 I can tell you first hand how desperate they get

Joe Duggan
Joe Duggan

"But two other officers arrived just in the NICK of time" heh

Charlaine Dunlap
Charlaine Dunlap

I think it's really sad and those of us that have enough to at least get by should be thankful not hateful.

Allysen Hoberg
Allysen Hoberg

Hey City Pages, this may have been a good time to talk about this is how desperate some people are to have a bed and a meal. Maybe a mention of mental health/addiction, instead of acting like everything is a snarky joke.

truckmeyer
truckmeyer

If you want prison food, you need to earn it. Get caught selling weed like a self-respecting criminal.

Dave Kjellberg
Dave Kjellberg

He's lucky nowadays them cops didn't just kill him.

Christine Lattery Ulm
Christine Lattery Ulm

Matt Vangsgard ......you will pay...you pay for thousands already that dont deserve it while our elderly and children suffer.

Chris Early
Chris Early

This yahoo has officially failed at life.

Matt Vangsgard
Matt Vangsgard

If you want to be beaten and detained by police just call 911 and ask for help.

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