A 23-year-old man is in jail after prosecutors say he attacked a Missoula police officer on Tuesday.
Yared Chisholm Lahart faces charges of felony assault on a peace officer, as well as misdemeanors for trespassing, disorderly conduct, obstructing a peace officer and criminal mischief from the incident.
According to a court affidavit, officer Brandon O’Dell had responded to Worden’s Market on Tuesday following a report of a disturbance. He found Lahart, who was shirtless, standing at the counter, with the manager of the store pointing at him and keeping his distance.
When the officer put his hand on Lahart’s arm, he allegedly yelled “Don’t (expletive) touch me,” and began to swing his arms at the officer. Lahart then lunged at O’Dell and hit him in the shoulder and chest, according to the affidavit.
A second officer arrived and pointed a Taser at Lahart. O’Dell then put Lahart on the ground and handcuffed him. He allegedly provided a false first name after being put in a patrol car, and said he didn’t remember his last name.
Officer O’Dell reported feeling pain and swelling in his elbow and said his left hand was somewhat numb.
The store manager said Lahart had come into the store multiple times during the day asking for cigarettes, but refused to pay for them. When he was told to leave, he refused, then shoved the manager when he approached him.
According to the affidavit, Lahart had also pulled a window screen from the wall and thrown it into the street.
Lahart was scheduled to be arraigned in Missoula County Justice Court on Wednesday, but refused to appear. Justice of the Peace Karen Orzech reset his appearance for Friday. Lahart remains in custody on $51,355 bail.