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Man subdued in bank as he claws woman

Cornered in the revolving door of a downtown bank, the woman had nowhere to go.

That’s when the man began tearing at her clothes.

An afternoon attack – and possibly attempted rape – that seemingly came out of nowhere left a woman injured and one man in custody Saturday, according to Fort Wayne Police.

And ultimately it would take the efforts of multiple police officers, several shocks from Tasers and kicks to get the man – who may have been high on crack cocaine – off the woman, according to police reports detailing what happened.

Officers were called to the 1st Source Bank at 200 E. Main St. in reference to a battery – which quickly changed to a rape in progress – just before 3 p.m.

An officer and a deputy chief with the department were first on the scene.

There, they saw a man inside the bank who appeared to be sweating and out of breath while pulling up his pants and fastening his belt buckle.

They also saw a woman up against some of the bank doors with a table between her and the man.

The man did not respond to an officer’s command to get down on his stomach, and that officer soon shot him with a Taser.

While the man went down at first, he continued to make his way to the woman, according to police reports.

The officer shot him a second time with the Taser, but the man continued to grab for the woman.

At that point, the officer kicked the man and he and the deputy chief jumped on him, trying to gain control.

Other officers showed up and tried to subdue the man – with another officer deploying a Taser shock to him – before they had to essentially hogtie him with handcuffs on the ground, according to police reports.

As police sorted through what happened, they were able to speak to the woman, whose clothes were torn and who also suffered scrapes and abrasions.

She told police she had been walking westbound on the sidewalk with a friend toward a Calhoun Street restaurant when they first saw the man.

He at first disappeared from sight, but he suddenly reappeared as they passed the front of the 1st Source Bank building, according to police reports.

The man talked gibberish and didn’t make sense, but appeared to be asking for helping getting the bank door open.

The woman felt sorry for him, she said in the reports, but as she stepped up to the revolving door to help he grabbed her by the arm and forced her into the doorway.

He began tearing at the woman’s clothes, according to police reports while the woman screamed and fought back.

He also used his body to trap her within the revolving door.

The owner of a jewelry store inside the building heard the noise and came running.

He got the revolving door to turn so that the woman could enter the lobby and then he tried to keep the man away from her, according to the police reports.

When he couldn’t, the jeweler ran to call 911 and retrieve a gun from his store, he told police.

By the time he got the gun, officers were on the scene tussling with the man, so the jewelry store owner took the woman to safety, according to the reports.

The man was taken to a hospital where he measured a very high pulse rate. Medical staff also saw burns to his lips.

He admitted to having smoked crack all day, according to the police reports, explaining the burns and high pulse.

The man was not identified in police reports and had not been arrested as of Monday afternoon.

He is, however, a suspect in a separate aggravated battery case that is being investigated, according to the police reports.

jeffwiehe@jg.net

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