A comic book-loving vigilante in Wales wanted to strike fear into criminals to avenge a street attack on him. Unlike his US counterparts, he got arrested for having ‘an offensive weapon’.
Tanis Baker, 21, dressed in black body armour, masked his face with a balaclava and armed himself with a wooden sword and smoke bombs in Newport, south Wales.
Cwmbran Magistrates Court heard how he sat crouched on top of the park gates keeping watch for criminals when he was spotted by a police officer.
Believing he was carrying a Samurai sword, the officer called for backup and the police helicopter was scrambled and dog handler was called.
Baker, of Newport, fled into the park and hid in bushes near the children’s play area. He was arrested and led officers further into the park where he had hidden two rucksacks, one containing clothes and the other holding seven smoke grenades.
He told police in interview he was a “vigilante in a costume” and that he wanted to help people in trouble.
The barman, who works for Riley’s Snooker Club, said he belived he was the “eyes and ears” of the police on the streets and wanted to strike fear into criminals.
Baker pleaded guilty to having an offensive weapon in a public place.
Louise Warren, defending, said whilst the offence took place in a public place, no one but the police officer involved saw him.
The court heard Baker was bullied for many years and struggled growing up in his neighbourhood. He was attacked by a gang of youths whilst out with his sister a year ago, but police were unable to find the offenders.
Since then Baker has wanted to help the police to protect society, magistrates were told.
When asked what he would have done if he encountered a crime, Baker admitted he had not thought that far ahead.
A probation officer, who assessed him, said the comic book fan seemed to get confused between fantasy and reality and sometimes had trouble distinguishing between what was in comic books and what was real life.
Sentencing him to a 12-month supervision order, chair of the magistrates, Paul Lavin, said: “You may have thought he were helping but you caused a lot of trouble. Do not do this in future or else you’ll be in big trouble.”
Baker must also complete 60 hours unpaid work and pay £85 court costs.
Police found no bombs at the home of an East Millcreek, Utah, man who had set up a network of wires and fake explosives in his yard before engaging officers in an armed standoff on Sunday.
David Charles Baker, 47, was arrested at about 6:30 p.m. after SWAT officers used a tactical vehicle to break through the front door of Baker’s home said Unified Police Detective Levi Hughes.
Baker, whom police described as mentally unstable and trained in explosives, fled out the back door and was immediately captured by officers.
Neighbours had reported Baker’s erratic behaviour to police several times in the past few months, Hughes said.
Investigators learned that Baker had experience with incendiary devices and found a series of agitated video rants on the internet, Hughes said, but they do not know what exactly set off the chain of events leading to Sunday’s confrontation.
Hughes said the incident appeared to start at about 2:30 p.m. when Baker showed up at a friend’s home and got into a face-to-face confrontation with the friend and made some sort of “demands.”
He then left a package in the driveway and informed his friend that its contents could cause his home to catch fire.
When patrol officers drove to Baker’s home to speak with him about the incident, they found Baker wielding a shotgun and walking amid the trip wires as he placed several propane and gas tanks around his property, Hughes said.
The officers kept a safe distance, said Salt Lake County Sheriff Jim Winder.
“This gentleman had in place items that were of such significant concern that to just rush up would have been an act of foolishness,” Winder said.
About 40 homes in the neighbourhood were evacuated as Baker went into his home and refused to come out.
Baker shouted “nonsensical” things to officers that gathered around his home, Winder said.
Neighbour Natalie Harvey said she heard him yelling, “Get out of my flowers!”
Another neighbour, Haley Fife, said Baker shouted to police that he would only come out if they blew up his house.
Minutes before SWAT officers raided the house, Fife saw Baker display a headless mannequin in one of his windows and put a hat on its neck.
He also placed bottles on the window sills and took photographs of those bottles, Fife said.
After Baker was arrested and cuffed, he could be seen hopping and dancing in a black sequin mini-dress with orange and pink fur trim and a cowl neck.
Bomb squads examined suspicious items Baker reported left at neighbours houses, including an alarm clock with tape on it.
Crews deemed those items safe and found the set-up of wires and tanks in Baker’s yard also were not dangerous.
Neighbours were allowed to return to their homes about 8:30 p.m.
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A man in Scotland has appeared before Perth Sheriff court accused of causing fear and alarm by spraying tomato sauce.
Jamie Green, 29, is alleged to have shouted and sworn and sprayed tomato sauce over kitchen worktops at an address in Perth on the 20th of August.
He also faces three other charges, two of which are assault.
The trial has been scheduled for November.
Perth Sheriff Court heard that Mr Green is alleged to have behaved “in a manner likely to cause fear and alarm to a reasonable person” at a property in Strathtay Road in Perth on 20 August this year.
The 29-year-old from Perth is alleged to have “shouted and sworn, sprayed tomato ketchup over the kitchen worktops and walls, knocked over and broken ornaments, and thrown a bucket of water and bleach over worktops and a freezer.”
Mr Green denied the charge and was granted bail.
On Thursday the court heard a similar but unrelated case involving a black pudding.
A man from Delaware was arrested for allegedly stealing his own impounded car, then leading police on a 35-minute chase before driving into a pond, police said.
Donald Smith II, of Bear, was arrested early Friday and charged with theft, trespass and related offenses for the incident, the Philadelphia Daily News reported.
Police said Smith used a front-end loader to steal his pickup truck from a repair shop in New Castle at about 12:30 a.m. Friday.
The repair shop had been holding Smith’s pickup because he had not paid for work done to it.
The shop owner called police and Smith was spotted later driving the front-end loader with the truck on it in the parking lot of a restaurant, the newspaper said.
Smith refused to pull over and instead led police on a 35-minute chase down a highway, through a housing development and then a cornfield, police said.
The suspect ended the chase by accidentally driving into a retention pond, police said.
Smith was arrested and later released after he posted $5,750 bail.
A “fat and aggressive” cat named Oscar was arrested by police at the weekend for trespassing into a home in northern Swedish home and stealing food.
A family in Piteå took action after what they first thought was a stray cat had been terrorizing the family’s own felines.
They left out a cat trap for the mischievous pussy and captured him soon thereafter.
They then put a call into local police, who arrived on the scene and promptly took the cat into custody.
After taking the cat burglar down to the station, the police soon realized the offending feline was no wild outlaw.
“It is a fat, well-groomed and well-cared for cat – it’s no stray cat,” said Erik Kummu of the Norrbotten police to the Aftonbladet newspaper at the time.
The cat nevertheless spent the night in the lock-up, with police waiting to see if an owner would show up as the cat didn’t match any of those that had been reported missing.
The police told local papers that if no owner claimed the cat as their own, it would be put down.
On Sunday night, however, the cat-owner reclaimed the pet, which goes by the name of Oscar, no doubt saving at least one of the cat’s nine lives.
However, the cat-owner refused to comment to the paper on his pet’s alleged crimes.
Police in Calgary, Canada, have arrested a man suspected in a spree of foot fetish assaults.
They have charged a 21-year-old man following a six-month probe into unwanted and inappropriate foot touching.
Det. Jim Hands said he investigated nine incidents involving eight victims and have laid charges on four cases.
In each case, middle-aged women were approached in grocery store or shopping mall parking lots by a man.
Police say he expressed an interest in the victims’ pedicure, suggesting he wanted to buy one for a wife or girlfriend.
He had the victims place their feet within touching distance to have a closer look at the details of the pedicure work before touching them inappropriately.
Hands said the accused is charged with assault in three of the cases and sexual assault in the fourth.
“The allegation is that this male licked one of the victims’ feet,” Hands said, noting there was a sexual motive in the case.
Middle-aged women between 45 and 65 years old were targeted.
The first assault took place in the city’s northeast in late January and the most recent happened July 26.
Hands said it took about six months before police were able to lay charges.
“Matters of this complexity obviously involve a lot of foot work, police work and a thorough investigation,” he said. “It’s been quite unusual to investigate by its very nature.
“It seems somewhat out there, but that’s the nature of police work.”
Hands said he’s been a police officer for more than 20 years and it is the first time he investigated such as case.
He added any allegations of assault on citizens are taken by police seriously.
“We want the city to be safe,” he said.
Mateusz Trojanowski is scheduled to appear in court Monday.
Police in California caught a suspect after a high-speed chase and footrace left him wedged in a tight spot between two buildings in San Jose.
32-year-old Arturo Corona became stuck in an 18-inch space between the buildings after allegedly fleeing the scene of a crash after a high-speed chase.
It took firefighters about 90 minutes to pull Corona out of the space using ladders and ropes.
Corona, wearing only a trash bag when firefighters found him, likely either jumped or fell off one of the buildings and became stuck about 20 feet down, police said.
Corona told police he was being chased by two men brandishing knives before he became wedged between the buildings.
Police said Corona is suspected of leading California Highway Patrol on a high-speed chase on Highway 101 about 10 p.m. Wednesday after being spotted speeding, San Jose’s KTVU-TV reported.
At some point, the Honda Civic pulled off the highway, the chase was called off and police officers circulated the area searching for the vehicle.
The Honda was found after it was involved in a collision in which one person suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to a hospital.
The driver of the Civic took off on foot.
Police said Corona is listed as the owner of the car involved in the collision and it fits the description of the car involved in the chase.
“He was most likely involved in the pursuit with the CHP,” said San Jose police Lt. Mike Sullivan. “We feel very strongly he was involved in the pursuit.”
Corona will be charged with suspicion of felony hit and run and driving on a suspended license, Sullivan said.
A South Florida man with an unfortunate name — or a strong commitment to pranking police — was arrested last Friday on a litany of charges in Fort Lauderdale.
Jackmeoff Mudd, 54, was arrested on charges of assault, disorderly conduct, resisting an officer, possession of alcohol in an open container, and violation of probation.
He is being held at a Broward County jail on a $300 bond, which means that at some point in the last few days, a somber county judge read his name aloud in court.
Mudd is not the first jailbird to have a strange name, of course.
In Wisconsin, police booked Beezow Doo-Doo Zopittybop-Bop-Bop for multiple charges, and on the flip side, a woman who tried to stop three brothers from robbing a Texas WalMart last year turned out to be named Monique Lawless.
Check out this hilarious slideshow of unusually named arrestees HERE
50-year-old Ruben Aguilar, a registered sex offender, was arrested after climbing onto a woman’s car and clinging to it while she drove around Fresno.
Police say that Aguilar asked a Fresno woman for a ride, but when she refused he jumped onto her car’s trunk and held on for several miles.
Officers followed the vehicle and safely removed Aguilar when the car stopped at a red light.
Police say Aguilar is a registered sex offender and was wearing an ankle monitor when he was arrested.
The female driver told police that she feared for her life but was not injured in the incident.