Man charged with assault of police officer after brandishing axe at Nissan of Rivergate

Posted at 3:42 PM, Apr 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-16 16:42:33-04

A man was charged with assault of a police officer when he resisted arrest after causing a commotion at Nissan of Rivergate Monday afternoon.

According to the arrest affidavit, Geoffrey Gambrell, Jr. was at Nissan of Rivergate to have his vehicle repaired.

After there was a discrepancy with his bill, he became argumentative and combative. Gambrell yelled and cursed at employees, eventually brandishing an axe from his vehicle and waving it around the service bay.

Gambrell had already put the axe away when officers arrived, but he was still arguing with the clerk at the desk.

According to police, Gambrell had dilated pupils and jittery behavior.

When Gambrell refused to pay his bill, the staff at Nissan of Rivergate and an officer asked him to leave. He refused, at which point, police conducted a pat down for other weapons.

Gambrell began to wrestle with the responding officers. His hands were eventually handcuffed, but he went limp, refusing to walk to the police vehicle.

Police attempted to put him in the back of a vehicle, but he grabbed the left knee of one of the officers. According to the affidavit, Gambrell grabbed down on the officer's knee so forcefully that his knee buckled, causing a shooting pain up his leg.

After a brief further struggle, Gambrell was finally put into the back of the police vehicle and taken to booking.