Teens threatened by box cutter at Oak Harbor McDonald’s
By JESSIE STENSLAND
Whidbey News Times Assistant editor
March 2, 2010 · Updated 4:17 PM
A 35-year-old Oak Harbor man is accused of threatening two teenaged boys with a box cutter at a McDonald’s restaurant, court documents indicate.
Joshua Tatum pleaded not guilty in Island County Superior Court Feb. 22 to two counts of felony harassment and one count of unlawful carrying or handling of a weapon.
According to the report on the incident, Oak Harbor Police Officer Mike Clements responded on Feb. 6 to a report of a disorderly man at the burger joint on Midway Boulevard.
Two teenaged boys claimed that Tatum threatened them after one of the boys refused to let him use a cell phone. Tatum said he would kill them both and that it would be funny if they were dead on the floor; Tatum then pulled out a folding box cutter, the report states.
The officer arrested Tatum, who appeared intoxicated, and confiscated the box cutter. Tatum gave a one-sentence statement about the incident, stating that he “was trying to stop two idiots from assaulting three women and a 4-year-old girl,” Clements wrote. Tatum signed the statement as “Tater Salad.”Contact Whidbey News Times Assistant editor Jessie Stensland at firstname.lastname@example.org or 360.675.6611 ext. 5056.