Arcata National Women’s Day rally ends early as man is taken into custody by police

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By  Alex Hasenstab

Additional reporting by Curran Daly

Earlier today several dozen women gathered on the plaza dressed in red and pink to celebrate National Women’s Day. The rally began at approximately noon, however, less than an hour later the celebration was interrupted by loud sirens.

Cat Koshkin holding a sign at Arcata women’s rally | Curran Daly

A man who appeared to be around 50 years of age became disruptive during the onset of the event and later collapsed to the ground. He initially walked up to rally participant, Cat Koshkin, and put his hand on her shoulder.

“Please stop him please,” the man said.

“What happened?” Koshkin said .  

“I can’t catch up with him,” the man replied.

The man then collapsed and began shaking. A nearby parking enforcement officer had the man sit down. After the officer was unable to get any clear response from the man he called an ambulance.  

Man arrested by APD | Alex Hassenstab

The Arcata Fire Department, Mad River Hospital ambulance and the Arcata Police Department arrived at the scene shortly after the call was made. The man refused medical attention and after screaming and showing aggression towards medical workers he was taken into custody by the Arcata Police Department.
The Lumberjack will provide additional updates as more information becomes available

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