A man police were arresting for shouting outside an East Martin Street house late Wednesday held his son up in front of him and taunted officers to use stun guns, they said.
Erick Jerome Winston, 26, held the child in front of his body while “screaming, ‘Tase my son! Tase my son!’” according to papers charging him with second-degree kidnapping and misdemeanor child abuse.
Police did not give the boy’s age, and it was unclear if Winston had brought his son with him from his home about a mile away at 1809 Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway or if the boy lives on East Martin Street. Taser is a brand of stun gun carried by many police officers in the U.S.
Officers also charged Winston with disorderly conduct, resisting an officer and three counts of assault on a government employee.
In arrest paperwork, Officer E.E. Tansey told a magistrate that Winston had first run away from Tansey during the arrest, then punched the officer in the face after Tansey caught him.
Police also said Winston hit Officer D.P. Green during his arrest, and then struggled with Officer J.M. Lucas, causing cuts on his arm, while Lucas had him at WakeMed Raleigh hospital for treatment of minor injuries.
It was not clear Thursday why Winston was at the East Martin Street house, which tax records show is a three-family residence.
Police said in charging disorderly conduct that Winston’s was shouting “abusive language” at neighbors about 11:30 p.m. and was “screaming and threatening violence.”
After medical treatment, Winston was held on $150,000 bail for a court appearance Thursday.