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Naked Man Knocks Out Teeth Fleeing Police

Connecticut Post via YellowBrix

December 18, 2009

BRIDGEPORT — A city man lost his two front teeth and faces criminal charges as a result of standing stark naked on a public street corner Tuesday night and failing to comply with police orders, police said.

City police reported that Luis Torres Jr., 27, of West Liberty Street, was standing at the intersection of Park Avenue and West Liberty at about 11 p.m., “holding his clothes in his hands” and appearing “disoriented, confused and sweating.”

When an officer approached, concerned Torres was having a bad reaction to narcotics, the officer “tried to speak with the suspect in a reserved tone,” but got no response.

Neither did Torres respond to orders for him to get on the ground, the officer reported. Instead, he fled west on West Liberty, his clothes in a ball around his hands.

The officer, worried Torres could have a weapon hidden among the clothes, warned that he’d be Tasered if he didn’t comply, then deployed the Taser to little effect beyond a momentary freeze.

The officer chased Torres on foot, as the wires from the Taser hung from his back, and Tasered him a second time. The naked man’s body “locked up and he fell face-first onto a concrete sidewalk in front of 173 West Liberty,” the officer wrote in a police report.

The officer then wrestled one wrist from under Torres, but had to Taser him a third time, still fearing he had a weapon, to get the other behind his back and in handcuffs.

Medics responded to the scene and

took Torres to St. Vincent’s Medical Center because he was bleeding from the mouth and had knocked out his two front teeth, the officer reported.

Torres was charged with breach of peace and interfering with an officer.

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