UPDATE: Calling himself ‘God,’ Rippey man faces assault, exposure charges

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William Russell Griffin of Rippey was arrested June 27, 2016, on charges of indecent exposure, assault on a peace officer, simple assault and interference with official acts after a strange series of events in Perry.

A Rippey man was arrested in Perry late Sunday night after allegedly exposing himself to and then assaulting a juvenile.

William Russell Griffin, 41, faces charges of indecent exposure, assault on a peace officer, simple assault and interference with official acts following a strange series of events.

The incident began shortly before midnight Sunday, according to a statement issued Monday morning by the Perry Police Department. A juvenile male told police he was in the area of Eighth and Pattee streets when a man later identified as Griffin asked him for help and exposed himself to the juvenile.

“Griffin then reportedly slapped the juvenile in the face, saying he was ‘God,'” according to the police statement. As the boy was picking up the eyeglasses allegedly slapped from his face, “Griffin tried to apologize and kiss the juvenile,” police said.

The juvenile fled the scene and reported the incident to the Perry Police Department. Officers responded and found Griffin near Eighth and Bateman streets. When officers tried to handcuff him, “Griffin began resisting and pushed officers away, attempting to flee. At that time, a Taser was deployed, and the officers were able to take him into custody,” according to police.

No officers were injured in the incident. Griffin was inspected by Dallas County EMS prior to his transport to the Dallas County Jail.

A Taser is a non-lethal electroshock weapon used by law enforcement officers and others. It delivers an electrical shock of .02 to .04 amps. Someone struck by a Taser experiences strong involuntary muscle contractions that typically result in the person’s collapse.

Griffin also had an outstanding Greene County warrant for felony domestic assault.

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Perry Police Department officers used a Taser electroshock weapon on a man near Wiese Park in Perry about midnight Sunday night. The circumstances leading to the Tasering are unknown at this hour.
Perry Police Department officers used a Taser electroshock weapon on a man near Wiese Park in Perry about midnight Sunday night. The circumstances leading to the Tasering are unknown at this hour.

1 COMMENT

  1. So, calling yourself God is the headliner here? I mean, all humans are somewhat Gods of their own lives. That’s pretty God-like, being able to decide when and what you do. He had the power, will and deciding factor to be in this situation, but his actions brought him there. Then again, even Jesus had bad days . . . .

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