A naked man eluded police for over an hour in Dorchester Monday evening, as scores of officers and state troopers descended on the area to search for the au natural fugitive.
It all began with a traffic stop gone awry at about 5:30 p.m., when police pulled over a car with three men inside, said Boston police spokesman officer Eddy Chrispin. After observing one of the men behaving suspiciously, police ordered him out of the car and discovered he had a handgun, Chrispin said. The man began to struggle with officers, and the other two men sped off. The suspect ended up shedding his clothes and gun in the struggle, and fled the scene, Chrispin said.
The disrobed outlaw was identified as Peterson Joseph, 27, of Everett. He was charged with resisting arrest, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, assault and battery, trespassing, and multiple weapons charges, Chrispin said. Joseph is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday in Dorchester District Court.
As the search began, State Police quickly joined Boston police, and dozens of officers and troopers on foot peeked in backyards and underneath houses hoping to get the skinny on the suspect. State Police spokesman Sergeant Matthew Murray said a State Police helicopter from Chicopee was dispatched to aid in the search as well as multiple canine units and undercover troopers who were in the area.
Joseph's elusive streaking also held up Commuter rail service on the Fairmount line, which runs through Dorchester, as police searched around the train tracks. Commuter Rail spokesman Scott Farmelant said six different trains were delayed for about a half-hour as a result.
Joseph led law enforcement personnel on a wild chase, as he ran through backyards, over train tracks, and hid in a number of places before he was ultimately caught in the yard of a home on Whitman Street shortly before 7 p.m.
Chrispin said the car was later found abandoned with no sign of the other two men. Some ballistic evidence was discovered inside.
A neighbor who lives on Whitman Street said she saw the streaking man as he was running through backyards, jumping fences and gates, and trying to hide near her house.
"He hid under my porch," said the woman, who declined to be identified. "Then he grabbed one of my towels that was hanging there and ran off. He owes me a towel!"
After laughing at the absurdity of the bare facts, she then reconsidered.
"On second thought, I don't want that towel back," she said.
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