North San Juan fracas ends in arrest |

North San Juan fracas ends in arrest

A man reportedly ranting about drug dealers and claiming to be law enforcement ended up going to jail on assault, vandalism and weapons charges.

The victim, who was not being named, called 911 at about 11:30 p.m. Friday to report that a man was screaming and banging on the door of a residence in the 10000 block of Flume Street in North San Juan, said Nevada County Sheriff Keith Royal.

“He said that he was police and to let him in,” Royal said. “He was yelling that drug dealers need to go back to Oregon.”

The victim reportedly heard glass breaking and went outside to investigate, armed with a baseball bat and a folding chair.

The suspect, identified as Stephen David Protzman, 63, tried to “sic” his German shepherd on the victim, but the attack was deflected by the chair, Royal said.

Protzman reportedly climbed a fence to break off a tree branch, swinging it at the victim. The victim again was able to deflect the attack, this time with the baseball bat.

Protzman then started pounding on the victim’s new Jeep with the tree branch before leaving, Royal said.

He returned while a sheriff’s deputy was at the scene and was aggressive, prompting the deputy to take him to the ground and detain him, according to Royal. He reportedly was found to be in possession of a folding knife.

Protzman was booked into county jail on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon causing great bodily injury, vandalism, and carrying a concealed knife. He was released on $25,750 bail.

To contact City Editor Liz Kellar, email or call 530-477-4229.

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