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4 Fla. Deputies, K-9 Injured by Ranting, Naked Home Invader

February 10, 2014  | 

Four Palm Beach County (Fla.) Sheriff’s deputies were injured after tangling with a young man they say walked into someone’s home in suburban Lake Worth on Saturday, began ranting gibberish and eventually stripped naked before fighting them in the backyard.

It was the second time in a week that deputies have encountered what they believe is a person driven to violence by ‘excited delirium.’

The previous encounter, Tuesday night west of Delray Beach left 28-year-old Anesson Joseph dead, shot by deputies after a rampage that sent two people to the hospital.

Conrad Hopper, 17, ended Saturday’s encounter locked to a hospital bed at Wellington Regional Medical Center, according to an arrest report released by Sheriff’s spokeswoman Teri Barbera on Sunday morning.

Hopper faces charges that range from burglary to aggravated battery on four deputies and a police dog.


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db in AZ @ 2/10/2014 4:31 PM

Who was this perp?? Bruce Lee??? Jason Statham???? How did 4 officers and the K-9 sustain injury from 1 naked 17 year old?

willaim stahl @ 2/11/2014 3:46 AM

Because ...to DB in AZ... this guy was probably biting kicking scratching like a crazed animal....and we have to play nice-nice in todays society...so we now take all this damage to ourselfs in order to subdue this P.O.S without hurting the poor darling.....

Crash3730 @ 2/11/2014 5:42 AM

db read up on excited delirium before you comment, that would explain this to you.

Fed Chief @ 2/11/2014 6:32 AM

That's not too uncommon. Anyone ever fight someone on PCP? I, or should I say 'we', fought a guy in a hospital ER who was high on PCP and other "self-medications". It took 8 of us, 45 minutes of steady fighting. Finally got him in 4-points, and he still fought until the "happy drugs" too effect.

Carlson @ 2/11/2014 7:55 AM

Keep in mind that naked and sweaty(assumption based on experience) is much harder to hold onto and control than a person that is fully clothed. Taser. Taser. Taser.

TERRY ZECH @ 2/11/2014 10:43 AM

Hands on is good pepper spray is better, dog bite is great, baton if necessary. Take the son of a gun down from a distance but keep your self safe. I know because I had to utilize that force one time with a gentlemen trying to take my weapon. I went hands on then peppered him and finally took him down with backup from my assistant chief. Stay safe brothers and sisters. Did they do a tox screen on this guy he had to be on something.

rico53 @ 2/12/2014 1:13 PM

Sounds like bath salts to me PVP

Ima Leprechaun @ 2/13/2014 7:36 PM

Any police officer knows someone out of their right mind can possess amazing strength and endurance. I have dealt with people that were not on drugs of any kind but were completely out of their mind and short of stopping their heart they are next to impossible to faze. Quite a few of these people have extremely high pain tolerance or no way to feel pain at all. No matter what you do you have to either have a magic touch or a large amount of police presence to stop them. I have only once in my career had the "magic touch" and why I had it I do not know. A man was being taken into custody by 10 police officers from various police agencies for very erratic extremely violent behavior (he was certified insane as we found out later). He was a very small stature person and all the officers were big burly guys and he was throwing them freely about the room. They were giving him a really good thumping but it did not have any effect upon him. As I entered the room where this slaughter was going on he noticed me and said the following "If that guy touches me I will surrender". I knew him but not that well but I had never lied to him which probably counted in my favor, so I put one finger on his shoulder and he gave me both his hands behind his back, I cuffed him and walked him out to a cruiser and I put him in the back seat. He had no clothes on him to search so he had no weapons. I made him promise not to hurt the arresting officer and he did everything I requested without a problem. I to this day have no idea why he chose me but I also know he still asks about me and I have been retired and lived outside that state for over 14 years.

Ima Leprechaun @ 2/14/2014 7:28 AM

But the "magic touch" only happened once to me over an entire career and I was not expecting it to work then. Up to that point I would never have believed anything like that was even possible. Many amazed officers later asked me how I did that and I had no explanation for any of them. After his fight he wasn't even breathing hard and all the officers he had just thrown about the room were all worn out so he did not give up due to fatigue or the threat of losing. From my initial point of view he appeared to be winning. Sometimes you just never know...

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