Handicap parking snafu lands man in jail


A 63-year-old man was arrested Friday afternoon blocking in a parked car with shopping carts. What sparked the supermarket siege? Handicapped parking. 

Maricopa Police Department said Michael Shoemaker was jailed after he refused to identify himself, according to a probable cause statement obtained by InMaricopa. 

Cops responded to Bashas’ on North John Wayne Parkway around 2 p.m. after reports two elderly people were “physically fighting.” 

Officers said Shoemaker got into a verbal argument over parking in a handicapped parking spot. 

One of the alleged victims said she was helping the other alleged victim, who was legally blind and hard of hearing. 

Shoemaker allegedly erected a shopping cart blockade behind the woman’s car, preventing her from leaving. 

Cops said Shoemaker refused to identify himself several times. They told Shoemaker he would be arrested if he did not identify himself. He allegedly told officers to take him to jail. 

Shoemaker was booked into the Pinal County jail on two misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct and failing to provide a truthful name. 

He faces 10 months in jail. 

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