Naked dude steals a police officer’s taser, promptly surrenders

The 32-year-old naked man has surrendered to local authorities.

 

Ramon Ramirez

Internet Culture

Published Dec 23, 2014   Updated May 29, 2021, 10:19 pm CDT

A naked and bearded man stole a Portland police officer’s taser Monday and made a dash for her locked police vehicle. Other officers quickly arrived on the scene, and 32-year-old Lunarness Mendoza was arrested.

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Portland Sgt. Pete Sampson said the 32-year-old man was booked for investigation of assaulting an officer, indecent exposure, and theft. Police were called to the scene because of reports that a man had been exposing himself to children. 

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The arresting officer has been identified as Elizabeth Willard, who removed the taser’s cartridge as Mendoza wrestled it away. She was treated for minor injuries at a local hospital.

No word on why Mendoza was naked, attempted to seize an officer’s weapon, attempted to steal an officer’s vehicle, and whether or not hallucinogens played a mood-altering role.

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*First Published: Dec 23, 2014, 3:58 am CST