Nathaniel James Moritz, 18, faces a series of charges in connection with an incident in which a 17-year-old boy was struck by a BB?allegedly fired from a passing car on May 5 at the new Tama Skateboard Park.
Moritz, with addresses of rural Chelsea and Tama listed in court records, was charged by Tama Police with intimidation with a dangerous weapon, knowingly permitting, encouraging or causing a child to be guilty of a vicious or immoral act, harassment of a public official and open containers of alcohol in a motor vehicle.
The youth hit by the BB received what police said was a minor wound which bled. He did not require transportation from the park at 9th and McClellan streets although a Tama ambulance had been summoned to the scene at 5:14 p.m. that day.
Nathaniel James Moritz
A juvenile in the vehicle Mortiz was driving was charged with intimidation with a dangerous weapon and assault with a weapon.
A second male passenger was charged with harassment of a public official.
The three were stopped in a vehicle at 8th and State streets shortly after the incident was reported by Tama Police?Sgt. Jason Bina.
The case and three other assaults at the park led the Tama City Council to vote for a rule calling for anyone convicted of crimes on city property to be banned from it for one year.
This includes not only the Skate Park, but Cherry Lake, Oak and 3rd Street parks, the public library and Tama Civic Center.