Timothy English: Assault charge for panhandler who clubbed man over "f*cking change"

Categories: Colorado Crimes

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Big pic below.
Update below: Timothy English was arrested on suspicion of assault in an incident that smacks of class warfare. He allegedly asked a man for change, and after being rejected, he reached into his guitar case and pulled out not an ax, but a club, which he used to hit his target over the head. But there's more to the story than that. Much more.

According to English's arrest affidavit, on view below, William Loomis, the man targeted by English's weapon, told cops he was walking near the Boulder Theater on Sunday night when English asked him, "Do you have any change?"

"No, there is no fucking change," Loomis answered.

English apparently didn't like Loomis's tone, and responded in kind. "Fuck you, you're a privileged motherfucker," he announced.

Why would English jump to this conclusion? Maybe because Loomis was wearing a teal polo shirt and was described by one witness as looking "preppy." But Loomis didn't accept this stereotype. "Bullshit," he told English. "I grew up on these streets, you motherfucker."

At that point, Loomis says he walked away but English followed him. He reacted by facing the panhandler and yelling, "Why don't you get a fucking job?"

"Are you going to give me a job?" English wanted to know.

"No," Loomis replied. "You'd have to take a fucking shower."

That's the point at which Loomis says English reached into his guitar case and pulled out what police describe as a three-feet-long, two-inch-wide, carved stick that he brought down on Loomis's noggin. The blow knocked Loomis to the ground near the Lazy Dog Sports Bar, but he got back up and chased after English. He caught up to him near 13th and Canyon, which is where police found them.

When questioned, English said that after turning down his change request, Loomis approached him "for no reason" and yelled, "Fuck you, you homeless piece of shit" before taking swings at him. After that, English admitted that he "might have" zapped Loomis with his stick.

Just as interesting, though, are accounts from other witnesses. A street performer who'd been writing poetry nearby said he watched Loomis leave English and then come back to him three times or so, suggesting that he hadn't felt threatened. And another person on the scene said that in the beginning, English actually tried to get away from the confrontation, saying, "Leave me alone, leave me alone" -- but Loomis followed him.

A hearing is scheduled for today.

Update, 9:18 a.m. August 11: Witness statements suggesting that Timothy English may not have instigated the incident in which he allegedly whacked William Loomis over the head with a stick pulled from his guitar case didn't prevent him from being criminally charged.

The Boulder District Attorney's Office confirms that English has been charged with assault 2, a class-4 felony. He's due back in court for a preliminary hearing on September 1.

Look below to see a larger version of English's booking photo, as well as the aforementioned arrest affidavit.

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Timothy English.

Timothy English Arrest Affidavit

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Hailey Dunnski Dunn
Hailey Dunnski Dunn

Ill be the first to say there is a "Bum" problem in Boulder and surrounding areas, its the Hippie and nature capital of the midwest, and a tourist trap for many worldly and regional visitors. ive been hassled and some bums can be downright mean as a ruse for you to feel bad for thier hardships, most of them have nice furnished apartments and do the panhandling for extra money. I say Kick A Bum, and an angel gets its wings.....I am kind of hippie but not a lazy bum, I work.

Cjf1123
Cjf1123

Can you remove the witness names please. They do not Want them on the Internet

Kuei
Kuei

I was walking into a convenience store in Rockford, Illinois on day.  Some nasty black woman asked me if I had change to spare. I said no. When I walked out she  had her black boyfriend ask me the same thing. I reached into my pocket and retrieved 2 quarters. I threw the 2 quarters on the roof of the store and said, "There. Now if you want that 50 cents you will have to work for it like I did." I'm guessing that 50 cents is still on the roof in case any of you free loading americans are interested.

Brice Roberts
Brice Roberts

You are awesome! That is going into my repertoire. I usually just try to ask them quickly, "Hey, bud, you got any change", before they have the opportunity mumble it out. But, that's a-whole-nother level type cynicism. I like your style.

Rockymountains4life
Rockymountains4life

I have 2 friends that work downtown when they get asked for change they say to the panhandlers if you want my money you have to work for it like i do so give me 20 push ups.All most every one of them walk away only a few will work for it.Nothing in life is free.

Guest
Guest like.author.displayName 1 Like

No one has the right to club someone else. On the other hand, if you don't want to give a panhandler some change, that's ok- but you don't have to be a complete ass**** about it.

satan666bongrip
satan666bongrip

ya i dunno if someone doesnt wanna give you the money from their pocket just leave them alone. i really hate panhandlers, especially pushy/violent ones.

Brice Roberts
Brice Roberts

Um.. How about you at least black out the complainant's and witnesses DL #'s??

Because that's something that should be plastered all over the internet. Great Reporting!...  :-<

Tim
Tim

"A street performer, writing poetry" is upon whom the writer tries to build an argument that's it's OK to hit someone if they say something you don't like.  The "journalist" wants so bad to fight for the little guy, that's he's not worried about facts.  He just wants to run the PR department for aggressive beggers.

dagSeoul
dagSeoul

This article smacks of journalism.

Michael Roberts
Michael Roberts

Keep that to yourself, dagSeoul! Thanks for the post.

namijoh
namijoh

Trustafarians are annoying.

bigriggs
bigriggs

Panhandlers are annoying.

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