This month, police arrested a man for allegedly assaulting his mom and then charging after a Waterford police officer with a garden statue, according to court records.
On Wednesday, Feb. 6, Justin Beeler, 26, of 19 Graham Street was charged with two counts of third-degree assault, interfering with a police officer and interfering with an emergency call after he allegedly hit his mom in the face and then charged after a Waterford police officer with a garden statue. A police officer tried to use a taser on Beeler when Beeler allegedly walked toward him with the statue, but was unsuccessful, so instead he tackled him to the ground to make the arrest.
Police came to Beeler’s home at 19 Graham Street to find his mom with blood and bruises on her face. Beeler than allegedly came outside wielding a garden statue and yelling profanities at a Waterford police officer, and was eventually tackled to the ground, according to court records.
Beeler is being held on $100,000 bond. His next court appearance is February 28th.
On Wednesday, Feb. 6 at 5:29 p.m., Waterford’s dispatch center received a 911 call at 19 Graham Street where the caller immediately hung up. Waterford Police Officer Adam Lapkowski was the first to arrive at the scene, according to an arrest report written by Lapkowski.
Lapkowski waited outside the home for more Waterford police officers to come because there were previous calls from that residence involving a drunk male who was uncooperative with police, according to the report. While he was waiting outside, Beeler's mom came outside saying Beeler had hit her, according to the report. Her face was bloody and her nose was bruised, according to the report.
Then, Beeler, who appeared intoxicated, came outside and began yelling obscenities at Lapkowski, according to the report. Beeler was holding a two-foot-tall garden statue made of a “hard material,” according to the report.
Beeler began to walk toward Lapkowski, with Lapkowski asking him to stop several times, according to the report. Lapkowski then pulled out his taser and warned Beeler that he would tase him, according to the report.
Beeler refused, and when he was about 15 feet away from Lapkowski the officer shot his taser at him, according to the report. One of the prongs of the taser hit Beeler but the other hit a statue, so the shot was ineffective, according to the report.
Beeler continued to walk to Lapkowski with the statue, according to the report. The two men began to wrestle, with Lapkowski eventually restraining him, according to the report.
Then four other Waterford police officers came to the house and helped Lapkowski subdue Beeler, according to the report. Beeler was eventually handcuffed and brought into custody.
Police eventually acquired a statement from Beeler's mom, who said Beeler came into her bedroom and hit her in the face, according to the report. That caused her head to smash into her bedroom window and break it, according to the report.
The woman tried to call 911 but before she could say anything Beeler knocked the phone out of her hand, and the battery came out of the phone, according to the report. Police also found blood splattered on the victim and in her bedroom, according to the report.