Police: Man in wheelchair attacked with I Can't Believe It's Not Butter

A man in a wheelchair was beaten with a tub of I Can't Believe It's Not Butter in Seattle, police said, and the man accused of attacking him is the subject of a no-contact order.

Joseph V. Floyd Jr., 58, was mad at another man playing his TV too loudly shortly after 2 p.m. Aug. 21, police said.

Floyd "then repeatedly hit (the victim) in the head with the tub of imitation butter," according to the police report. A witness said the victim was hit at least twice, and the responding officer saw a small scratch on the back of his head.

"His head was also covered with butter," Officer Grant Leavitt wrote.

Floyd was arrested without incident and booked into King County Jail. He was released the next day. Court records show Floyd also was charged with assault in December, but that misdemeanor case was dismissed after there was no prosecuting witness.

He has pleaded not guilty, and his case is ongoing.

Police said Floyd acknowledged that he poured butter on top of the victim's head, but but did not hit him. The I Can't Believe It's Not Butter tub was 16 ounces.

Opened in 2005, 1811 Eastlake is a government-financed apartment complex where people with alcohol problems can drink as much as they want. The facility was the first of its kind in the United States, meant to see if it would save taxpayer money on trips to jail, shelters and emergency rooms.

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