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Man threatens 10 people with pick ax

Kneels in middle of Moffat shouting for police to kill him

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Man threatens 10 people with pick ax

Manteca Police Sergeant Mike Aguilar and Officer Steve Beerman attempt to control William “Billy” Stockton, 34, after the man allegedly threatened 10 individuals in a trailer park with a pick ax We...

GLENN KAHL/The Bulletin


POSTED May 10, 2012 1:28 a.m.

Chasing 10 people with a pick ax and kicking out the rear window of a patrol car put a 34-year-old Manteca man behind bars Wednesday afternoon.

And just prior to his arrest, the man was kneeling in the middle of Moffat Boulevard on the edge of downtown shouting for Manteca Police to kill him.

Several police units were dispatched to the Sleepy Hollow Trailer Park at Moffat Boulevard and Lincoln Avenue at 5 p.m. Wednesday. Neighbors were verbally distraught over a disturbance they said was out of control. One man who had been allegedly beaten about the head and body by William “Billy” Stockton, 34, of Manteca.

Sgt. Mike Aguilar said as he rounded the corner at Main Street and Moffatt Boulevard with lights and siren activated, he saw Stockton with his shirt off kneeling in the middle of the roadway near the intersection with South Lincoln Avenue.

“He was yelling at us to shoot him,” Aguilar said.

Officers attempted to take him into custody, but they said he resisted arrest and having handcuffs placed on his wrists.   They had to force him down onto the trunk of a patrol car to subdue him.  After getting Stockton into the back seat of a police unit and closing the door, he kicked the window out of the door with it smashing to the ground several feet away.

One officer threatened to taze the suspect if he continued his uncontrollable outbursts. At one point both feet of the suspect were hanging out the opening that had been the rear car window.

Police had been called earlier in the afternoon to the 2000 block of Falmoth Circle off Vasconcellos Avenue north of East Yosemite Avenue in East Manteca at about 3 p.m. Residents said someone had entered their house and confiscated a shotgun. 

Officers later said it was Stockton who was upset about losing what he said was a $3,800 bicycle to the son of the owner of the home, Billy Rigsby, also 34, who lived in the Sleepy Hollow Trailer Park.  Stockton had presumably taken the shotgun as leverage in an attempt to get his bicycle returned to him.

Officers said Stockton went to the trailer park to get his bicycle back and got into a fight with Rigsby who he found riding it in the park.  A crowd of 10 people circled the fight in the middle of the trailers and allegedly threatened Stockton who police said grabbed a nearby pick ax and ordered them away from him. He then fled out of the park onto Moffat Boulevard.

It was at that point that a trailer park resident called 911 and asked for police intervention.  Officers said Rigsby was hit in the head with fists. He was visibly bloodied with scrapes on the face, shoulders and chest, and he was complaining of a severe headache.

The victim refused medical attention from the ambulance crew who asked if they at least could take his blood pressure.  He refused.  Rigsby and the 10 individuals who had been threatened all refused to press charges in the case as they turned and walked away from officers, visibly fearful for their safety.

One of the residents quietly said, “There’s something wrong with him in his head.”

The 6-foot-2, 225 pound Stockton was transported to San Joaquin County Jail in French Camp where his bail was set at $216,000 and charged with three felonies and two misdemeanors.  The charges included grand theft, vandalism, damage to a city vehicle and resisting arrest.  His court date is scheduled for Friday, May 11, in the Manteca Branch of the San Joaquin County Jail at 1:30 p.m.

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