A man was arrested at Don D. Statter Harbor Sunday evening following a disturbance for a Montana warrant for his arrest. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire file)

A man was arrested at Don D. Statter Harbor Sunday evening following a disturbance for a Montana warrant for his arrest. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire file)

Man arrested at Statter Harbor following altercation

The warrant had a Montana warrant out for his arrest.

Police responding to a report of an altercation on Sunday evening arrested a man wanted in connection for offenses committed in Montana, as well as charging him with multiple counts of assault and resisting arrest.

William James Pillans, 26, was arrested Sunday following a call just after 9 p.m. about a disturbance on the D Float of Don D. Statter Harbor, said Juneau Police Department Lt. Krag Campbell.

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Emergency services were first notified of a disturbance between Pillans and a 26-year-old woman at the harbor at 9:07 p.m., Campbell said in the news release. Police officers responded to Statter Harbor, locating Pillans aboard a vessel on D Float.

Police were informed that Pillans may have pushed the woman, as well as acting irate and throwing things around, Campbell said. A records check on Pillans showed that he had a $350,000 warrant out from court in Montana for violating conditions of arrest, sexual assault, sexual intercourse without consent, criminal endangerment, two counts of assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest, according to police. When police notified Pillans of the warrant aboard the vessel and asked him to step onto the pier, he refused to to comply, Campbell said. Officers attempted to escort Pillans off the vessel, Campbell said, when Pillans attempted to resist arrest and scuffled with several officers on the float.

Pillans was eventually detained and taken to Lemon Creek Correctional Center, Campbell said. Pillans and several officers suffered minor injuries during the arrest, Campbell said. Pillans was charged with four counts of fourth-degree assault and one count of resisting arrest, Campbell said, all Class A misdemeanors. After speaking with the 26-year-old woman involved in the call about the disturbance, police determined there was insufficient evidence to show that other crimes had occurred, Campbell said.

• Contact reporter Michael S. Lockett at 757-621-1197 or mlockett@juneauempire.com.

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