According to the charges:
The cab driver picked up Kiecker from a hotel in downtown
On arrival, Kiecker gave the driver a credit card to pay. The card was declined when the driver ran it.
When the driver informed Kiecker and returned the card, Kiecker got angry and "was out of control," according to the charges.
The driver called 911. Kiecker warned him not to talk to police, then punched him in the head while he was on the phone, the charges said.
The 911 dispatcher could hear Kiecker yelling threats like "I'm going to f---ing kill you," and "I'm going to beat the f--- out of you," according to the complaint.
The driver got away and ran to a neighboring house for help. Kiecker got out of the taxi and started "destroying everything," according to the charges -- smashing the driver's phone on the ground, ripping the cab radio off the dashboard, then taking his own bag and walking toward the residence as police arrived.
Officers arrived to find the driver doubled over and yelling for help, with neighbors pointing to Kiecker as the suspect. They told Kiecker he was under arrest.
Kiecker responded "that he was not under arrest," the charges said. He said the officers should leave and the driver would be fine. Police said he smelled of alcohol.
An officer told him multiple times to turn around and put his hands behind his back, and that he'd be Tasered if he didn't comply. Kiecker instead took a step toward the officer, at which point the officer deployed a Taser and took him into custody by force, the charges said.
Kiecker is currently free on
His next court date is set for
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