A man was taken to Providence St. Peter Hospital on Tuesday afternoon after wandering through a neighborhood naked, stealing a bicycle and resisting arrest, according to the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office.
Two people called Thurston 911 Communications and reported seeing a half-dressed man wandering on Beach Way, east of The Golf Club at Hawks Prairie, about 4 p.m. Another caller reported that the man had entered his garage, stolen a bicycle and assaulted his wife, according to Lt. Cliff Ziesemer.
Ziesemer gave this account:
The man had wandered into an open garage on the 8700 block of 51st Ave. NE and told the homeowner that he was thirsty. The homeowner gave him a bottle of water and asked him to leave. When the man didn’t leave, she picked up a shovel and said she would hit him if he didn’t leave.
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The man took the shovel out of the woman’s hands, stole a bicycle and rode off.
A Thurston County Sheriff’s deputy arrived in the area about 4:20 p.m. and found the man breathing heavily and talking nonsense. He was completely naked and had blood dripping from his face.
The man identified himself as “Joseph from the Bible.” The bicycle was found in a nearby field.
The deputy tried to handcuff the man, but the man became aggressive.
The deputy hit the man a stun gun to little effect. The man ran away, but the deputy was able to catch and tackle him. The man escaped again.
Finally, five deputies and Lacey police officers were able to restrain and handcuff the man. The man was still resisting, so medics arrived and gave him a sedative.
He was transported to Providence St. Peter Hospital.
His identity is still unknown.