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PD: Man with warrants challenges guards to fight

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Posted at 4:54 PM, Apr 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-19 02:12:39-04

A Tempe man with arrest warrants in two Valley cities challenged security guards to fight, according to court records.

Court records say that in the early morning of March 25, two security guards were going to 414 Pizza, near 4th street and Mill Avenue, for a bite to eat when they were confronted by 35-year-old Steven Sumpter.

Employees told Sumpter that he needed to leave the restaurant. But while outside, Sumpter continued to yell at the guards through the glass. He also motioned for them to come outside. 

As the guards went outside, Sumpter allegedly positioned himself into a "fighting stance." One of the guards pulled out his pepper spray and told the suspect to leave, but instead Sumpter pulled out a knife, officials said.

That when one of the guards pulled out his Taser gun and again told Sumpter to leave. This time, he did and was caught by police a few blocks away. After his arrest, it was found that Sumpter had two warrants for his arrest-- one from Phoenix and another from Mesa.

Sumpter is now facing two charges of assault with a deadly weapon.