Tumwater man booked for threatening to kill, swinging guitar at woman, police

Pepper spray saves the day for 19-year-old alleged victim


A transient Tumwater man was arrested after he allegedly threatened to kill a 19-year-old woman whose car broke down. He allegedly swung a guitar at her and responding police officers.

Tumwater police arrested James Allen Huston, 58, on Sun., Nov. 7, at the 7000 block of Littlerock Road after a woman reported a man screaming at her to leave the empty lot where she was trying to put coolant into her overheating car.

The woman told police that Huston claimed the lot as his home, then grabbed a guitar and began swinging it at her while threatening to kill her.

The woman said she used her pepper spray on the suspect, who yelled and walked away.

Police noted that the woman was “clearly shaken up” as she explained the incident.

Two responding police officers said Huston was “highly agitated” when they arrived and swung his guitar in their direction, threatening to hit them if they got any closer.

Police said it was “obvious” that Huston was intoxicated, based on his actions and the smell coming off him. Authorities also observed a bottle of alcohol near the suspect’s backpack.

Huston backed off after law enforcement warned that they would tase him, according to the police report.

The suspect was brought to a hospital for medical clearance due to being pepper sprayed.

Police said Huston kicked and pushed back when a guard attempted to put a face mask on him. He also attempted to kick a nurse who managed to deflect it, police added.

Huston was “yelling and cursing” as he was brought into the Thurston County Jail, the police report read.

The suspect was booked for felony harassment.


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