Today, Sunday November 2, I was assaulted and battered-a-bit in the Marshall's parking lot, at about 1 PM. I believe it related to the anti-Prop 8 signage on my car, as he called me "a (adjective) pig" when we passed in our cars, without provocation from me. He then awaited me in the lot as I approached the store, called me several profane names, got more worked-up, blocked my way twice, spat in my face twice, threw ice from a cup, invited me repeatedly to fight him, knocked my camera from my hand, tried to trip me, and when I successfully retrieved the camera he took-off on foot over the berm, across Fostoria Way and through the Petco parking lot in a generally southbound direction.
The Danville police were called; I gave a statement, and agreed to prosecute. A drive-around apparently did not produce a suspect.
Anyway -- here's a description:
Muscular/stocky white male, age 45-55, 5'-10" or so, shaved head, rectangular rimless glasses. "Mr. Clean" without the earring or the smile. He was driving a gold-tan four-door sedan. I took the license numbers of several cars that might have been his. He was dressed in a brown, button-down shirt and brown pants, casual shoes. There was neither smoke, nor alcohol on his "breath." Limited vocabulary, and a whole lot of anger. ;-)
Any info, kindly give it the Danville PD 925-314-3700. The Report number is 08-24780.
And just generally, folks -- tempers are running very high over our election differences. Please think/plan in advance about how you would handle an incident like this, and commit to non-violence -- 'cuz it's hard to think clearly when someone spits in your face. Also, carrying a digital camera may have saved me a butt-whipping.
Thanks for any help you can give -- I believe this incident could've gone much worse, and that's unacceptable.
Regards, Tom Cushing