Suspect naked, cops say
A man who refused to identify himself is charged with burglary.
Last Modified: April 22. 2013 2:31PM
KINGSTON TWP. – Dallas Township police say a man reported to be walking nude in front of passing vehicles burglarized a vacant house on Huntsville Road on Sunday.
The unidentified man was wearing only sneakers when he was arrested just after 11 a.m.
He was charged with burglary, open lewdness, simple assault and resisting arrest. Because he would not identify himself, arrest papers list him as “John Doe.”
At his arraignment before District Judge James Tupper, the man wore hospital clothing. He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $5,000 bail.
“These charges are fictitious,” the man said.
According to the criminal complaint:
A person driving on Huntsville Road contacted police and said a naked man had crossed the road and gone onto a porch of a vacant house.
Police spotted the man on an upper floor deck, covered in mud and bleeding from his arms and legs.
Police said in the criminal complaint the man appeared to be under the influence of a controlled substance. He was holding a phone charger and yelling at police to “get the (expletive) out of here.”
The man paced on the deck, telling police, “You’re gonna have to shoot me. Get off my property,” the complaint says.
Officers placed a ladder to access the upper deck. When an officer reached the fourth rung, the man pushed the ladder away causing the officer to jump off.
Police allege the man threw a flower pot at an officer. He surrendered when police threatened to stun him with a Taser.
The man refused to provide his name, telling police, “Then you’ll run it for warrants,” the complaint says.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled on Aug. 16.