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Bus stop scuffle with officer ends in arrest for JCC man

Joseph Alfred Piggot is charged with assaulting a police officer and fleeing from law enforcement at the bus stop in the 3200 block of Chickahominy Road on Nov. 3.

A James City County man assaulted a police officer on Chickahominy Road after an officer attempted to arrest him on an outstanding warrant Nov. 3, police said.

According to James City County Police spokeswoman Stephanie Williams, Joseph Alfred Piggot, 53, was waiting at a bus stop in the 3200 block of Chickahominy Road when officers attempted to take him into custody on an outstanding warrant for failure to appear in the Williamsburg-James City County Circuit Court.

When the officer attempted to take Piggot into custody, he pulled away from the officer, grabbed him, then shoved him, police said.

Williams said Piggot then tried to attack the officer again. At that point, the officer drew his stun gun.

Before the officer could use the weapon, Piggot ran down Chickahominy Road.

The officer was uninjured but warrants for assault on an officer and resisting arrest were taken out against Piggot.

Despite the officer trying to catch Piggot by running after him, Piggot still was able to avoid arrest. Other officers arrived on the scene to search for Piggot but were not able to locate him, Williams said.

On Nov. 5, two days after the incident, Piggot was seen at another bus stop on Centerville Road and taken into custody, Williams said.

Virginia Code classifies assault on a law enforcement officer as a Class 6 felony, and is punishable by a minimum of 6 months in jail. Piggot is also charged with fleeing from law enforcement, which is a Class 1 misdemeanor and punishable by up to 12 months in jail.

Piggot’s court date is set for Jan. 4 in the Williamsburg-James City County General District Court. He is currently in custody, according to online court records.

Alexa Doiron
Alexa Doiron
Alexa Doiron is a multimedia reporter for WYDaily. She graduated from Roanoke College and is currently working on a master’s degree in English at Virginia Commonwealth University. Alexa was born and raised in Williamsburg and enjoys writing stories about local flair. She began her career in journalism at the Warhill High School newspaper and, eight years later, still loves it. After working as a news editor in Blacksburg, Va., Alexa missed Williamsburg and decided to come back home. In her free time, she enjoys reading Jane Austen and playing with her puppy, Poe. Alexa can be reached at

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