William Pickering

William Pickering

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A Belgrade man who was reportedly on an acid trip attacked a woman after he jumped out of a third-story apartment window while naked, police say.

William Pickering, 19, was arrested in Bozeman on Friday night and charged with felony aggravated assault. He appeared in Gallatin County Justice Court on Monday morning where Judge Bryan Adams set his bond at $1,000.

According to charging documents:

At about 10:20 p.m. Friday, Bozeman police responded to the Blackmore apartment complex on South Black Avenue after a naked man was reportedly threatening people after he jumped out of a window.

Officers arrived and found Pickering completely nude and sitting on the ground. Pickering was staring ahead, not looking at officers. It took several attempts to get him to answer questions. He was taken to Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital.

A witness at the scene said Pickering had taken acid about an hour and a half earlier and started acting aggressively. Pickering took his clothes off and jumped out of the the third story window of the apartment, the witness said.

A woman who tried to help Pickering after he jumped out of the window said he attacked her, pulling her to the ground, climbing on top of her and choking her.

A witness reported that Pickering also punched the woman in the face multiple times. She told police that she believed he struck her in the face, but doesn't remember because of how fast everything happened.

The woman said during the encounter, Pickering came at her "animalistically" and that he had a crazy look in his eye.

An officer spoke to Pickering at the hospital where he admitted to punching and choking someone, but he said he didn't know who and he didn't know why.

At Pickering's Monday morning court hearing, Gallatin County Deputy Attorney Jordan Salo asked for a $5,000 bond for Pickering and requested that he have no contact with the alleged victim, who Salo noted does not know Pickering.

Defense attorney Buddy Rutzke agreed with the state's recommendation, arguing that Pickering is not a threat to the community, but rather went through "a very bad drug experience."

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Cops and courts reporter Whitney Bermes can be reached at wbermes@dailychronicle.com or 582-2648. Follow her on Twitter at @wabermes.

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