SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Two law enforcement agencies want charges filed against comedian Katt Williams after he allegedly assaulted a store security guard and leading officers on a chase Sunday.
These incidents are just the latest in a string of legal troubles for Williams. He was most recently arrested in Oakland Nov. 15 on suspicion of assault. He is also being sued because of a meltdown during an Oakland show Nov. 16.
On Sunday afternoon, Sacramento police received a call about a disturbance at the downtown Hyatt Hotel on L Street; Williams was not arrested. Williams was in town for a show he did on Friday.
A short time later, around 2:30 p.m., the California Highway Patrol said Williams led them on a chase in a 3-wheeled motorcycle through downtown. Officers said Williams refused to stop, ran red lights, drove the wrong way down a street and almost hit five pedestrians. At one point, the CHP said Williams took his helmet off and yelled "I'm not going to stop!"
Officers called off the chase for public safety reasons.
CHP said Williams' 3-wheeled motorcycle did not have a license plate so they did not initially know the registrant. Officers later checked with Sacramento police and were able to identify Williams.
The CHP said it plans to ask the Sacramento County district attorney to charge Williams with felony evasion.
Then around 7 p.m. Sunday, Williams allegedly assaulted a security guard at the Woodland Target. A video posted to YouTube shows Williams moments after he allegedly hit the employee.
After talking to the alleged victim, witnesses and reviewing surveillance footage, Woodland police asked the Yolo County district attorney to charge Williams with misdemeanor battery.
"I reviewed the video myself and there was a strike to the face," Sgt. Steve Guthrie said. "I could not tell if it was open-handed or if it was a closed fist, but there was a strike to the individual's face."
Guthrie said the alleged victim and comedian, whose legal name is Micah S. Williams, had some sort of argument and Williams got physical. It was unknown what may have been said.
A representative for Williams has not commented.
by Siemny Chhuon, SChhuon@news10.net