AZ homeless man threw doughnuts at cop, charges allege FWD

Tom Boland (wgcp@earthlink.net)
Thu, 2 Apr 1998 22:03:58 -0800 (PST)


FWD from Reuters, March 6, 1998

IT'S NO CAKE WALK FOR THIS COP

MESA, Ariz. - It's dangerous out on the mean streets of this Phoenix suburb.

Just ask police officer Dean Stephan. He was fired at three times late
Wednesday by a transient he had never even seen before. Fortunately for the
28-year-old motorcycle cop, the fusillade was not bullets but doughnuts -
jelly, glazed and plain.

"I was approaching this guy and he throws something at me when I'm 25 feet
away,'' said Stephan, who has been on the beat for 3-1/2 years. "Then comes
another and another.''

That was quite enough. Stephan arrested Donald Scarf, 47, for assault.

"I've been hit before, but this had to be the weakest attempt at assaulting me
that I've ever seen,'' he told Reuters Thursday.

It could have been worse.

When Scarf was frisked, he had a cookie in his back pocket. The officer took it
easy on him though - there were no charges of concealing a deadly snack.

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