A homeless man is accused of threatening and fighting with a police officer who wouldn’t let him sleep in an Oak Harbor city park at night, according to court records.
Prosecutors charged Timothy D. Caren, 58, in Island County Superior Court July 11 with harassment and resisting arrest.
An officer with the Oak Harbor Police Department was locking the restrooms at Flintstone Park July 6 when he saw Caren lying on a bench. The officer told Caren that he had to leave because overnight camping isn’t allowed.
Caren became irate, the report states, and walked to his belongings. The officer followed him, which upset Caren. Caren told the officer that he would “pop” the officer if he followed, the report states.
Fearing that Caren might be armed and dangerous, the officer attempted to take him into custody, but Caren resisted, the report states.