Thursday, May 3, 2012

Nunchuk-wielding baddie flees cops, jumps in river

Posted on Thu, May 3, 2012 at 4:10 PM

We do feel bad for the women whose Nissan Maxima was roughed up by this nunchuk-wielding maniac. We do. It must've been legitimately terrifying. 

Still, this is the wildest press release we've received in some time.

On Monday, April 30th, at about 6:30 p.m., Sheriff's deputies responded to a call of a male subject that had struck a vehicle occupied by three females with nunchakus several times in the area of Dartford and Hazard Road. The victim told deputies the suspect, identified as 31 year old Joseph Blessing, walked up behind her vehicle at the intersection of Dartford and Hazard Road. The victim's 15 year old granddaughter, who was sitting in the back seat, saw him approaching with the weapon and told his grandmother to "go".

The victim looked back and saw Blessing approaching her vehicle on the passenger side carrying metallic nunchakus. Blessing swung the weapon at the vehicle and struck the rear, passenger side of her 2004 Nissan Maxima. The victim drove a short distance away and called 911.

Deputies Logan and Westlake arrived on scene within one minute and saw Blessing walking near the victim's vehicle. Deputy Westlake asked Blessing to stop. Blessing refused Deputy Westlake's request and ran down an embankment and jumped into the Little Spokane River.

Deputy Westlake ran down to the river and attempted to get Blessing out of the river. Blessing told Deputy Westlake he had used the river to escape from the police before and he would do it again. Blessing refused to get out of the river and continued to float west down the river.

Cpl. Jeff Welton had responded to the scene and was in the area of 13900 N. Rivella when he saw a male subject matching Blessings description running towards him next to the river. Cpl. Welton contacted the subject, confirmed it was Blessing and took him into custody without incident.

Blessing was booked into Spokane County Jail on the charges of 3rd Degree Malicious Mischief, three counts of Intimidation with a Weapon and Obstructing.

The best part: "Blessing told Deputy Westlake he had used the river to escape from the police before and he would do it again."

The Sheriff's Department has released this video of Mr. Blessing.

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