Teen scuffle over soda leads to assault on officer, arrest

ST. GEORGE – An incident triggered by a theft of soda from a fast food restaurant ended with multiple police units converging on a suspect’s home and taking three teens into custody.

Multiple St. George Police officers converged on an apartment in The Village South subdivision off Sunland Drive after officers called for backup during an arrest and an officer was allegedly assaulted, St. George, Utah, Spet. 8, 2016 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News
Multiple St. George Police officers converged on an apartment in The Village South subdivision off Sunland Drive after officers called for backup during an arrest where an officer was allegedly assaulted, St. George, Utah, Sept. 8, 2016 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

Around 10:40 a.m. Thursday, a 16-year-old boy allegedly took soda from the McDonald’s on Bluff Street in St. George without paying.

An employee saw this and took the soda and dumped it. This resulted in the 16-year-old following the employee behind the counter and shoving him to the ground before running from the area, St. George Police Officer Lona Trombley said in a statement.

Police responded to the incident and were able to identify the teen and went to his home.

As police officers talked to the boy’s mother at the front door, he initially tried to leave the home through another door. At this time other people came outside and started to confront the officers, which led to them calling for backup.

While this was taking place, Shylee Swilick, who was visiting with her boyfriend’s sister nearby, said she was surprised by the amount of police she saw show up

“I saw a lot of cops and wondered what was going on,” she said. “I then saw three more (patrol cars) show up.”

Multiple St. George Police officers converged on an apartment in The Village South subdivision off Sunland Drive after officers called for backup during an arrest and an officer was allegedly assaulted, St. George, Utah, Spet. 8, 2016 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News
Multiple St. George Police officers converged on an apartment in The Village South subdivision off Sunland Drive after officers called for backup during an arrest where an officer was allegedly assaulted, St. George, Utah, Sept. 8, 2016 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

Swilick estimated that around 14 officers had converged on the scene after even more patrol cars showed up

Like Swilick, others in the neighborhood were watching from their lawns and elsewhere close by as events unfolded.

The teen was ultimately put in handcuffs by an officer and was being led to a patrol car when 19-year-old Marcus Quiddam allegedly stood in the officer’s way and told him to let the teen go.

“Marcus was told to get out of the way but he did not move,” Trombley said. “Marcus then put his chest up against the officer’s while the officer was still holding onto the 16 year old male.”

Quiddam was told to move, yet shoved the officer backward. The officer hit a wall behind him and injured a part of his arm, Trombley said.

“Our officer regained his footing and shoved Marcus backwards and instructed him to ‘get back,’” she said.

Multiple St. George Police officers converged on an apartment in The Village South subdivision off Sunland Drive after officers called for backup during an arrest and an officer was allegedly assaulted, St. George, Utah, Spet. 8, 2016 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News
Multiple St. George Police officers converged on an apartment in The Village South subdivision off Sunland Drive after officers called for backup during an arrest where an officer was allegedly assaulted, St. George, Utah, Sept. 8, 2016 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

Quiddam was arrested for assaulting an officer and interfering with the arrest. He was taken to the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility. He has since been released.

A third teen who kept shouting and cursing at police officers and interfering with the investigation during the arrest was also taken into custody for disorderly conduct and possession of tobacco.

The 16-year-old boy who was the suspect in the initial incident was charged with robbery and interfering with an arresting officer, according to the statement.

He was additionally charged with “propelling a bodily substance” was also added due to the teen spitting on one of the officers after being put in the patrol car.

Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.

Email: mkessler@stgnews.com

Twitter: @MoriKessler

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10 Comments

  • tcrider September 9, 2016 at 7:21 pm

    the perp and his buds are obviously related to the bundies. they probably call themselves patriots for standing up to the law, the parents should of got thrown in the slammer and be forced to do some very humiliating community service.

    • Henry September 10, 2016 at 7:14 am

      This began when the first kid was stealing junk food and assaulted an employee that spotted him. Sounds more like Michael Brown in Ferguson.

      • NotSoFast September 10, 2016 at 9:33 am

        Any news of Black Lives Matters setting up a protest rally at McDonalds yet?

      • .... September 10, 2016 at 10:55 am

        Henry. yep ! and if those kids were black then this would of been an act of racism and abuse by local law enforcement. and AL Sharpton and his goons would of been all over it. and if Obama had a son he would look like the guy that got arrested…. SLM ( stupid lives matter )

  • Sherrie September 9, 2016 at 7:28 pm

    It’s disgusting how disrespectful kids are. I’m grateful it didn’t escalate and the officers were not severely injured.

  • Mike September 9, 2016 at 9:46 pm

    “…other people came outside and started to confront the officers, which led to them calling for back up.” There cannot be too much back-up for this.

  • knobe September 10, 2016 at 10:41 pm

    3 really really stupid younglings . . .
    I’m going out on a limb & guessing ‘under the influence’ ?
    Non impaired people are rarely This stupid !

  • Mean Momma September 11, 2016 at 3:36 am

    Haha.. Marcus Quiddam sounds like quite a …. Seriously? Assaulting a police officer over this? He should change his name to Marcus Quit-being-dumb. What is wrong with kids these days? When I was a kid, no one would dare disrespect an officer like this. I hope these little punks get what they deserve… And their parents! What …is wrong with the parents? Start being parents, … do your job!
    Ed. ellipses.

    • .... September 11, 2016 at 9:01 am

      Ha ha you got edited !

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