Hammond man exposes genitals in sporting goods store, battles police
BATON ROUGE - Police say they arrested a Hammond man at a Baton Rouge sporting goods store after he was accused of shoplifting and responded by pulling out his genitals, threatening employees and fighting an officer.
22-year-old Will Williams, Jr. was taken into police custody Wednesday at around 7 p.m. and booked on charges of disturbing the peace, resisting by force, public intimidation, obscenity, battery on police, simple assault and attempted simple escape following the scene at the Academy Sports and Outdoors located in the 8400 block of Airline Hwy.
After he had been observed possibly shoplifting, Williams approached the cash register where a BRPD officer on extra duty assignment told him that if he had anything else in his pockets he needed to pay for, then now was the time to do it. In response to this, Williams proceeded to pull down his pants, exposing his genitals to the officer, employees and surrounding store patrons. He then grabbed his genitals and told the officer that "that was all he had."
BRPD said the action by Williams caused several small children at the next register to begin to scream and cry. The officer then grabbed Williams from behind, pulled up his pants and tried to drag him out of the store as he actively resisted, striking the officer even as he was being forced into a patrol car and continuing to struggle after being placed in handcuffs. While the officer was trying to get Williams into the backseat of the patrol car, he continued to kick at the officer's legs while accusing the officer of beating him.
As assisting officers arrived on the scene to help secure Williams in the patrol car, the man told officers that he was in the United States Army and would have the arresting officer fired. Williams also told the officer that he would kill them before having sex with their wife and children. Once in the patrol car, Williams began to try to kick the back glass of the vehicle out until officers placed a hobble strap around his legs to prevent him from trying to escape.
Once at the BRPD office, Williams continued his efforts by spitting in the faces of officers, calling them racist and threatening to have them fired then killed.
Williams was booked into the EBR Parish Prison following completion of paperwork.