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3/14/2013 10:00:00 PM
Man allegedly demanded bystander's shirt, punched liquor store manager
The Daily Courier


PRESCOTT - A man was arrested and charged with aggravated assault after police said he punched another man in the face and broke a storefront window.

Nathaniel Hansen, 21, is accused of assaulting the manager at Plaza Park Liquor-Deli in the 400 block of West Goodwin Street when the manager refused to let him inside March 8, according to a police report.

A witness said, that just before the assault, Hansen went up to a group standing nearby and demanded one of their shirts, the report said, and then he began saying, "I'm going to kill you."

The witness said Hansen then tried to go inside the store, but the manager blocked the door. Hansen punched the manager in the face, the report said, and the two scuffled, which resulted in Hansen falling into and shattering a window.

When police arrived a short time later, Hansen was gone. Police found him at the corner of Gurley and Granite Streets and, the report said, when they arrested him, he fought with and spit at the officers. Hansen told them he had high blood pressure and had to go to the hospital, so police took him to Yavapai Regional Medical Center. The report said he shouted at and spit on the hospital staff.

Police reportedly found a meth pipe in Hansen's backpack.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, March 17, 2013
Article comment by: You Think?

Nothing personal addicts, it is the volume of the addicts/alcoholics in this town. They are not home-grown for the most part. The reality is, rehab is a money-maker and a place to crash until the next relapse. It resolves nothing.

Residents are sick of the image and lifestyle the rehabbers bring to the town. What positive productivity do addicts/alcoholics contribute to society?

Society is not responsible for the bad decisions addicts/alcoholics make and are fed up with the residue and blight they leave in their wake. Addicts made a choice to be an addict with their first experience with drugs, period.

This isn't about judgment, it is about the addict/alcoholic taking responsibility for their life. Want better treatment from society? Start taking responsibility for yourself and quit hiding behind the druggie image and expecting society and "rehab" to be your savior.


Posted: Saturday, March 16, 2013
Article comment by: hmmm.What has this town become!

@ Jack May: Mr.Hansen is from here in Prescott.. He doesnt have many friends. He isnt a transient ( homeless ) as most people would put it... All we can do is pray for him, he needs all the help he can get. I honestly do believe that this was truely an eye opener for him. Its not just a rehab he needs, he needs people who will stand beside him and not judge him of his past, sort of like a christian family whom look past the bad and can see the good.. Thats all I wanted to say bout it!!

Posted: Saturday, March 16, 2013
Article comment by: alf landon

Send him through rehab. It will enrich the politically connected owners of the rehab joint.

That's what rehab is all about.


Posted: Saturday, March 16, 2013
Article comment by: To the rehab haters and friends of this guy.

Rehab haters, here is something for you. There was alcohol and drug abusers here before the rehabs were here. Go try to find a city without addiction issues. The police are probably happy that some of us are in rehab because we do not do the crimes as we did. To the friends of this guy. He may still be a good guy, but he needs help, so unfortunately he did some bad things to get the help forced on him. It is still up to him to get the help. His life is probably unmanageable and he is creating victims while in his disease. I know a lot of people who are suffering with addiction who don't punch and try to take shirts from people. Please pray for him. By the way nobody shuts their mouth on here, that is why they are here to share their opinion, just like you did.

Posted: Friday, March 15, 2013
Article comment by: Irving Rheingold

Blaming the rehab facilities is like blaming the bars which makes no sense at all.

Posted: Friday, March 15, 2013
Article comment by: Elvis Cooper

Hear, hear, Harry!

Posted: Friday, March 15, 2013
Article comment by: Elvis Cooper

Whenever I start feeling a little too good about the human race, I just peruse the comment section after any Daily Courier article. Such vitriol combined with such monumental ignorance! It's proof positive that "opinionated" and "quiet" never made good bedfellows.
I love that someone can find a way to shoehorn their hatred of "Libbers" into the comments of a deranged lunatic attacking someone. Because it MUST'VE been Obama that sent this lunatic to punch a store owner. It couldn't have been because he was insane.


Posted: Friday, March 15, 2013
Article comment by: Yall Just Need To Shut Your Mouths

I am going to say this one time and one time only... Yall need to just shut up! I honestly dont care what any of yall say about Nathaniel, he is still a good guy! He is like a little brother to me and my girlfriend.. Basically family.. I also have a feeling that my comment is probably going to be deleted or part of it will be, just because Im standing up for my little brother.. I know,you all are gonna diss on me because I am standing up for a so called "Druggie/Drunk/ReHab Reject" Yeah, he might have done what he did,but you cant judge him,for the simple fact, none of yall are perfect either. Sometimes bad things happen to good people, and that night something bad happened to a good guy. Unless you know him personally, I would advise not to judge! He is an awesome guy when he isnt messed up! He is from here in Prescott, SO GET OVER IT! Thats all I wanted to say about this!!

Posted: Friday, March 15, 2013
Article comment by: Give Me A Break

Soldier- Colorado is a blue state that has legal gay marriage and recreational pot use so I'm not sure if its what your looking for.

In regards to the story, I feel bad that the recovery community gets blamed every time there is a crime in Prescott. God forbid that any of the people that bash on the sober living community have ever had to overcoming addiction. Instead of seeing the negative, why not see that Prescott has become a place of acceptance and a chance for a better life. For people that say this town isn't the same as it used to be, you're right and it is never going to go back to the way it was. But crime happens everywhere. Why not place some blame on the cuts in education and children s programs that are proven deterrents in drug use and crime.


Posted: Friday, March 15, 2013
Article comment by: Givem' Hell Harry

"M Soldier Soldier" Only cowards "cut and run" instead of staying and fighting to make this a better place to live, regardless of your political views. It is a free country. The country is changing and you can't run forever.

Posted: Friday, March 15, 2013
Article comment by: @ soldier soldier

Geez guy, how long does it take to pack a bag and leave, you've been posting the same comments since Babboo came out and pitched his tent over Sheriff Joe's claim?

Posted: Friday, March 15, 2013
Article comment by: Jack May

Come on Courier, do some investigative reporting. If your going to put a story on the front page at least put in some effort to report the facts. Is this guy a local, is he from Phoenix or is he from out of state, is he a transient? Does he have a police record? Has he been incarcerated in the past? What was his business in town. What group of people has he been hanging out with ?? These are all valid questions and the answers should be easy to get.

Posted: Friday, March 15, 2013
Article comment by: alan dale

Another example of why so many of us stay out of downtown Prescott. Many cities have gone that way already. Once the druggies and bums move in, a neighborhood slowly slips to becoming a Skid Row.

Police, do your job.Make Prescott safe for law abiding citizens.


Posted: Friday, March 15, 2013
Article comment by: sherry thompson

Please, if people are ignorant enough to think that just getting rid of the rehab facilities is what is going to clean this place up, you are dumb. It takes a whole lot more, and if you think you are so smart, become active and do something or you are just as much a part of the problem. It is not a choice, if we want things to change, we must be willing to change ourselves. Maybe it's people who have nothing better to do than just blame everyone else that is the problem!!!

Posted: Friday, March 15, 2013
Article comment by: @ M Soldier Soldier

Hey, enjoy Colorado! It's one of the most liberal states around, after NY and California. Maybe they'll even tell YOU to go back to where you came from!

Posted: Friday, March 15, 2013
Article comment by: J Hopkins

I have worked in the addiction field here in Prescott from 1986-1996. The drug/alcohol problem was terrible, particularly meth users. We had one of the highest per capita meth abusers in the state. There weren't rehabs here then, except for the treatment program at WYGC. It was opened due to the significant alcohol and drug use in Yavapai County. Our clients were locals.

Posted: Friday, March 15, 2013
Article comment by: Native Prescottonian

I've lived her for over 50 years. If you don't like my town - LEAVE! Every town and every city has drunks and drug addicts. And to every single person who thinks they have the right to judge, how many alcohol drink do you have every night?

Posted: Friday, March 15, 2013
Article comment by: bob grant

The usual hypocrites ,"rehabs,Obama Socialist " blah Blah blah.
Prescott is famed for Rodeo of course they don't drink or fight,whiskey Row,staged gunfights on 4th of July.
Getting Rowdy is Prescott.And of course this means the occasional drunk (person) .but this is Prescott !!!


Posted: Friday, March 15, 2013
Article comment by: AZ Al

If I'm the manager of that store, I'm hanging this mugshot right below the "we reserve the right to refuse service" sign. Good work, sir.

Posted: Friday, March 15, 2013
Article comment by: Clean up Downtown

I have lived in Prescott since the mid 80's. and I agree with some of the readers comments. Downtown Prescott is becoming a mecca for transients, drunks, druggies and derelicts. Enough is enough already. Downtown is a HUGE attraction for tourits and events. Everyday I see middle schoolers walk by the drunk transients, who hang out next to the school's field. Prescott officials, time to clean house and stop this nonsense. While I can sympathize with the homeless, I cannot sympathize with the drunks or druggies.

Posted: Friday, March 15, 2013
Article comment by: Kyal Marshall

To all those who are talking ill of the rehab places here in town... get your head out of the sand. This article doesnt say anything about this (person) being from a rehab. Believe it or not, drugs and drunks existed in Prescott before the rehabs took over. Now, I do agree that there needs to be some restrictions and rules about the facilities that offer treatment, but dont think that every article about some drugs/alcohol incident is a cause of these places. Get off your high horses.

Posted: Friday, March 15, 2013
Article comment by: M Soldier Soldier

Between the Libbers that have moved here from the east and west coast, and the rehab idiots roaming the streets. They have ruined a once wonderful town!!!!! Sooooo Long! Moving to Colorado. The Rockies, Enjoy your new Rainbow Socialist society. Maybe you can have Obama for ever as KIng!!!!!!!

Posted: Friday, March 15, 2013
Article comment by: Prescott Arizona

It's a great place to get "SOBER"

Posted: Friday, March 15, 2013
Article comment by: journalism 301

report time of incident. if it were daylight hours, that would be significant to those of us with kids getting out of middle school and walking downtown.

Posted: Friday, March 15, 2013
Article comment by: drugs & drunks ruining Prescott

This was once a nice town but just look what drugs and drunks are doing to this area....


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