James Denham Walker didn’t take too kindly to having a penis drawn on his face in black marker while he slept.
The 31-year-old from Northern Virginia awoke this weekend to find that his roommate made some anatomical drawings on his face in permanent marker. It might be one of the most common frat house pranks, but Walker decided that retribution was in order.
Police said an enraged Walker repeatedly punched the roommate in the face before a third roommate separated the two.
The report from the Arlington County Police Department crime blotter showed that the prank quickly turned serious:
“At 5:30 am on March 23, a male subject assaulted his roommate after waking up to discover his roommate had drawn male genitalia on his face with permanent marker. The victim sustained extensive injuries to his face and was taken to Virginia Hospital Center by another roommate. The victim wished to press charges and called the police approximately an hour and half after the incident. James Denham Watson, 31, of Arlington, VA, was arrested and charged with malicious wounding. He was held without bond.”
Police said alcohol was involved in the incident. James Watson had allegedly passed out drunk on the couch when the roommate decided to draw a penis on Watson’s face.
When Watson awoke and found the penis drawn on his face, he ran upstairs and jumped onto his sleeping roommate, repeatedly punching him in the face. The victim, who was not named, reportedly waited 90 minutes to call police while he decided whether to press charges or not.
But he did eventually call police, and his injuries were so bad that the third roommate drove him to the hospital.
The roommates admitted to police that they regularly play pranks on each other when they’re drunk, but it might be safer for them to retire the penis drawn on face prank and avoid future assaults.