Police charge man in Laughlin casino disturbance www.privateofficer.com
BULLHEAD CITY AZ May 30 2012 — A local transient was arrested Sunday afternoon for causing a disturbance in the parking lot of a Laughlin casino after he reportedly exposed himself to hotel guests and employees.
At about 5:50 p.m. Sunday, Bullhead City police responded to a parking lot on the Arizona side of the Colorado River in on Highway 95 in response to a disorderly conduct call. According to BHCPD Cpl. Shawn Brooks, Henry Eugene Drew, 44, a transient who has been staying at local hotels with his family, had been on the beach near the casino’s boat dock when he suddenly became agitated and began yelling at hotel guests. In later interviews with police, Drew’s family members, who had been present during the disturbance, said they did not understand what set him off.
Brooks said hotel security asked Drew to leave the area, which he did; but as he reached Highway 95, he reportedly turned back toward the security officers and pulled down his shorts, revealing his genitalia. He then crossed Highway 95 and began walking southbound, making obscene gestures to passing motorists, Brooks said, in an attempt to goad one into a fight.
When police arrived to intercept Drew, however, he ran back across Highway 95 and down toward the river. Police called boat units into action to search for him, and one eventually located Drew, wading in the Colorado River just across from another casino.
The boating officers pulled Drew from the river, but he continued to be combative, and was pepper sprayed before being brought back to the a fueling dock, where he was shackled and handcuffed before being transferred to dry land.
Brooks said Drew continued to be combative with officers and medics who attempted to treat him for the pepper spray, cursing and yelling and refusing to walk. After refusing medical treatment, Drew was processed at Bullhead police headquarters, then transported and booked into the Mohave County Jail in Kingman on two counts of disorderly conduct and two counts of indecent exposure.