A Charleston man is facing a battery charge after an incident that occurred in traffic near a Kanawha City elementary school.
Rodney A. Keene, 42, of Venable Avenue was arrested Wednesday.
A woman was waiting in her vehicle Tuesday afternoon in the student pick-up line at Chamberlain Elementary School on Venable Avenue when she noticed Keene motioning for her to move her vehicle, said Sgt. Tony Hazelett, assistant chief of detectives.
The line of cars wraps around the block and into the alley where the man parks his vehicle. She was unable to move her vehicle because of the traffic tie-up.
Hazelett said Keene then went to the car, had the woman roll her window down and then threw a cup of soda into her face. He screamed obscenities at her before leaving the area.
The woman, whom Hazelett described as "shook up" by the incident, flagged down an officer nearby and reported what happened to her. Hazelett said officers took the matter very seriously.
The school was briefly put on lockdown Wednesday while officers located Keene. Hazelett said the man was surprised to see officers but was arrested without any problem.
The sergeant said more charges could be pending against him. School officials told police about other incidents involving Keene harassing or threatening parents as they picked up their children from school and that the man had anger issues. Hazelett said Keene had no criminal history.
Keene was arraigned Wednesday in Charleston Municipal Court.