STAMFORD, Conn. — A Massachusetts man who said he needed to get home was apprehended late Monday attempting to steal a car in Stamford and gave grief to officers who were trying to arrest him, Sgt. Charles White said.
Police found Erik Jones, 42, of Chelsea, Mass., in a van on Fairfield Avenue, where several people were holding him after he attempted to steal it, White said. The owner of the van had left his keys in the ignition and returned to the vehicle to find Jones in it, White said. After a struggle, the owner put the vehicle in park and grabbed the keys as others helped him keep the suspect in the vehicle until officers arrived, the sergeant said.
The van owner suffered cuts on his arm in the process, White said.
Jones was arrested without incident, telling police that he needed to get home to Massachusetts, the sergeant said. Jones was charged with third-degree robbery, third-degree burglary, third-degree larceny and attempt to commit third-degree larceny. He was held on $10,000 bond, police said.
While in police custody, Jones punched a paramedic in the face who was examining him after he said his blood sugar was low, White said. Officers wrestled with Jones, who is estimated to weigh more than 400 pounds, and were forced to Taser him in order to subdue him, the sergeant said.
He was also charged with assaulting an officer of the peace, White said.
Jones then had “select words” for officers and grabbed one, ripping his shirt, when they tried to handcuff him to be transferred to court, White said. Jones was Tasered again and taken to the hospital, where he remained as of noon Tuesday, the sergeant said.
Two officers and a sergeant were with Jones, who is expected to be charged with interfering with police and criminal mischief for the latest incident with the officer, White said.
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