OCEANSIDE–A 22 year-old male transient was arrested Monday evening after he exposed himself and punched an Oceanside police officer during a brief struggle, Oceanside Police spokesman Lt. Leonard Cosby said today.
Officers say at 10:30 p.m., Derrick Anders called Oceanside police dispatchers, and requested medical assistance. He told dispatchers he was at San Diego Street and Bush Street. Officers and fire personnel responded to the area to assist. Anders was not in need of medical attention, but wanted a ride to Tri City Medical Center in order to pick up some medication. Officers gave Anders directions to the medical center, but when he realized he was not going to get a ride, he dropped his pants, exposed his genitals in front of fire personnel, police officers, and nearby citizens. He told them, “You can kiss my ass!”, as he slapped his buttocks. Officers told him he was under arrest for indecent exposure. As one of the officers began to handcuff Anders, Anders swung and punched another officer in the head. After a brief struggle, he was handcuffed and arrested for felony assault on a peace officer.
Anders claims San Diego as his home. The officer was evaluated on scene by paramedics and returned to work.