SELLERSBURG, IN (WAVE) - Anger, alcohol, and AK-47 are a bad combination. Tuesday is trash pick up day for one neighborhood in Sellersburg, and one man was not happy about some trash that was left behind.
Kenneth Sieg, 62, was arrested after police said he confronted a sanitation employee with an AK-47.
It happened on South Fern Street on Tuesday morning. A neighbor called 911 after witnessing the incident and felt Sieg was a threat to the community.
Sellersburg Police responded to the scene. Sieg told police he was upset with the Sellersburg Sanitation Department for leaving dirty diapers and other feces in the street. He told police he walked down the street with the rifle to confront the sanitation employee to "prove a point."
"He was just frustrated that some garbage had fallen out of the truck once they dumped it and then obviously it escalated," Sellersburg Police Chief William Whelan said. "He felt he needed to confront him with a weapon. Obviously not a good idea plus, he was intoxicated."
The sanitation employee told police that Sieg approached him with the rifle in one hand and the magazine for it in the other hand. Police say the magazine was loaded. The sanitation employee said Sieg was also verbally abusive.
"Obviously someone who is going to get this unhinged over a small matter and who is armed is not someone I want out in the public in Clark County," Clark County prosecutor Jeremy Mull said.
Sieg told police the weapon wasn't loaded and he didn't threaten anyone. The rifle was found inside his home.
WAVE 3 News did speak to the victim. He declined to speak on camera.
No one was injured. Sieg is being charged with intimidation with a weapon and is expected in court Thursday.