Man arrested in attempted rape

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WALLA WALLA β€” A city man was arrested on investigation of attempted rape after police responded to a report of an assault Sunday night.

According to Officer Tim Bennett, police spokesman, when officers arrived on West Chestnut Street at roughly 10:20 p.m. on Sunday, Brendan F. Nichols, 34, attempted to flee the scene on foot. Officers used a Taser on the 6-foot, 280-pound naked man with little success.

β€œHe continued to fight after he was tased,” Bennett said, adding Nichols struck an officer on the head, and attempted to put an officer in a head lock.

Bennett said officers finally subdued Nichols with a lateral vascular neck restraint, rendering him briefly unconscious. Bennett said Nichols appeared to be intoxicated, and was transported to a medical facility for examination, where Nichols continued to make death threats against police officers.

According to Bennett, in a later interview, Nichols admitted using marijuana and cocaine. Nichols was lodged at the Walla Walla County Jail on investigation of attempted second-degree rape, third-degree assault, felony harassment and fourth-degree assault.

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