Wyandotte Co. commissioner apologizing after scuffle at Legoland - KCTV5

Wyandotte County commissioner apologizing after scuffle at Legoland

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A member of the Wyandotte County Board of Commissioners is apologizing after police said he was involved in a scuffle at Kansas City's Legoland Discovery Center.

Police said they were called to Legoland, located at 2475 Grand Blvd., on Saturday, Aug. 17 after an employee said a visitor may have broken items and assaulted the manager.

Their police report said officers found Tarence Maddox sitting in front of the main entrance to the Crown Center Shops. He told them there was an argument over coupons and the price of admission to Legoland, but he said he didn't have any physical contact with the business' employees, nor did he break anything.

While no injuries were reported, the police report said the manager told officers Maddox yelled and "aggressively and forcefully" "chest bumped" him and the manager wanted to prosecute for assault. The manager said, during the argument, Maddox knocked down items, including a pamphlet holder, off the counter, cracking the back of the pamphlet holder.

The report went on to say that Maddox refused to be arrested, remained seated when asked by police to stand and put his hand in his pocket.

Even after standing up when threatened to be pepper sprayed, the report said Maddox "forcefully" held both arms at his sides so as not to be handcuffed.

The police report said that it took multiple officers to get Maddox into handcuffs and he was taken to police headquarters. It was there that police found out he had an active warrant out of Claycomo, MO.

Maddox, 30, issued a written statement in response to the newly released police report and surveillance video:

"I offer my apologies to viewers and the Citizens of Wyandotte County. As a customer at Sea Life I was denied my refund and a corporate number. Also members of my family were disrespected by Sea Life staff. We were denied due process as customers, a verbal debate occurred and escalated into a complex situation. There was no contact whatsoever as shown in the video. The allegations of a "chest bump" are visibly inaccurate. I was arrested for "attemp" (sic) assault from an alleged "chest bump". Again I apologize to my suppoters (sic) and my community with sincere regrets for this public debacle. God Bless."

The Sea Life aquarium and Legoland are located in the same part of Crown Center.

Maddox's term with the board of commissioners began in 2011 and goes until 2015.

His court date is set for Oct. 21.

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