Child's birthday cake at Hall of Justice sparks struggle, arrest

2013-10-01T23:55:00Z 2014-07-11T19:05:39Z Child's birthday cake at Hall of Justice sparks struggle, arrestBy Tony Lystra / The Daily News Longview Daily News
October 01, 2013 11:55 pm  • 

Cowlitz County deputies on Tuesday tackled a 50-year-old Longview man who twice tried to eat a child’s birthday cake at the Cowlitz County Hall of Justice, authorities said.

Cake and frosting flew as a deputy took Robert Eric Frederickson to the ground just before 1 p.m. The courthouse lobby erupted with shouting. A table flipped and crashed loudly to the brick floor. And more deputies rushed in to restrain Frederickson.

Authorities said Frederickson, who was due to appear in court on an indecent exposure charge, was passing through a metal detector at the Hall of Justice’s security checkpoint when he mushed his hand into a frosting-covered chocolate cake sitting on a table. A deputy asked him to stop. But, authorities said, Frederickson again lunged for the cake.

That’s when another deputy manning the security checkpoint grabbed Frederickson, yanked him over the top of the plastic folding table and pushed him to the ground, authorities said.

A Daily News reporter, who was among about a dozen people in the lobby at the time, heard the crash, then saw Frederickson face-down on the floor with deputies restraining his hands and feet behind his back.

A woman who entered the building with Frederickson insisted that he was not high.

The cake’s owner, Michelle Flavin, who doesn’t know Frederickson, said the dessert was for her daughter’s 9th birthday party. She said she came to the Hall of Justice on Tuesday to help her sister, Tina Ghee, with a legal matter and brought the cake inside to keep her dog from devouring it in her car.

But Flavin, 32, of Longview said the she saw Frederickson plunge his hand into the frosting shortly after the cake passed through the metal detector.

“I got pissed when he stuck his hand in it the first time,” Flavin said. “I was like, ‘Hey!’”

“Then he went back for seconds!” Ghee said.

Frederickson’s face was smeared with white frosting as deputies lead him from the Hall’s lobby and booked him into the jail on suspicion of third-degree theft. Just after the incident, deputies hustled through the lobby, their uniforms smeared with purple frosting.

Frederickson also faces charges of resisting arrest and third-degree assault from a previous case.

A local Safeway store offered to replace the birthday cake for free, Flavin said.

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(22) Comments

  1. subieman
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    subieman - October 02, 2013 8:40 am
    Nice ending to the story I must say!
  2. Wisdom
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    Wisdom - October 02, 2013 9:17 am
    There has to be surveillance footage of this. I hope it winds up on You Tube or "America's Dumbest Criminals"...
  3. Kyle98632
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    Kyle98632 - October 02, 2013 9:58 am
    Very nice move on Safeway's part. Glad this jerk wasn't able to destroy the girl's birthday after all.
  4. gillnetter mole
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    gillnetter mole - October 02, 2013 10:43 am
    man the human race !! a race sometimes I was not in... this is one example ! honestly I would have fed that fool so much cake he would puke every time he saw another cake !
  5. gillnetter mole
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    gillnetter mole - October 02, 2013 10:44 am
    Thanks Safeway the union way to do things !
  6. towncryer
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    towncryer - October 02, 2013 11:27 am
    Maybe there was there a file in it?
  7. Wisdom
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    Wisdom - October 02, 2013 12:07 pm
    Right on, "Kyle98632". Safeway's gesture is a classy one...
  8. reallycowlitzcounty
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    reallycowlitzcounty - October 02, 2013 4:24 pm
    Safeway great job....happy birthday to the little girl may she never forget the good/bad in people. Looks like he wont be eating cake tonight but she will...enjoy.
  9. ProudKelsoMom
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    ProudKelsoMom - October 03, 2013 7:37 am
    What a great gesture, Safeway! <3
  10. Wisdom
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    Wisdom - October 03, 2013 1:15 pm
    Aha! I figured there had to be some footage of this bizarre incident...
  11. Wisdom
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    Wisdom - October 03, 2013 1:22 pm
    Hmmm...there's salt in cake batter--so, is this a case of "Assault and Cake Battery"? It begs the word play...
  12. Transplant
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    Transplant - October 03, 2013 3:01 pm
    How exactly would you have "fed him so much cake he puked next time he saw it?". That's just plain sily.
  13. Transplant
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    Transplant - October 03, 2013 3:02 pm
    Oops. Silly.
  14. Quit Yer Bitchen
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    Quit Yer Bitchen - October 03, 2013 7:25 pm
    Why is the video even posted. What a waste of time!
  15. Quit Yer Bitchen
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    Quit Yer Bitchen - October 03, 2013 7:27 pm
    You should hear what he did during his processing.
  16. Wisdom
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    Wisdom - October 03, 2013 7:57 pm
    "Transplant": As always, your sardonic/wry wit causes me to chuckle. Thank you...
  17. Wisdom
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    Wisdom - October 03, 2013 8:50 pm
    "QYB": Did the moron apologize for not waiting until the candles had been blown out...?
  18. Sharky
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    Sharky - October 05, 2013 10:04 am
    The article says Safeway (the business) offered to replace the cake, not UFCWI.
  19. Sharky
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    Sharky - October 05, 2013 10:11 am
    I can't see resisting arrest in the video. In fact a cake in a public lobby is pretty much an open invitation. I don't know how he behaved in his booking but as for what the video showed, I'm guessing the frosting stuck to the sheriff's uniforms better than the charges will stick to this jerk.
  20. ricksautosales
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    ricksautosales - October 05, 2013 5:36 pm
    Let them eat cake. I was actually surprised not to see it on national news. Does not take much now days.
  21. Quit Yer Bitchen
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    Quit Yer Bitchen - October 06, 2013 4:32 pm
    I heard he made he's own icing.
  22. embarassed
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    embarassed - December 27, 2013 11:59 pm
    Is this how we treat our mentally impaired? Whatever happened to Miranda and a simple "turn around, your under arrest"?
    Classic case of sheriffs losing their cool and showing how big a bullies they can be. Oops! We're on candid camera.
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