Man tears path of destruction down Montana Street

Man tears path of destruction down Montana Street

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An unidentified man left a path of destruction in his wake on Montana Street Sunday evening, causing extensive damage before being arrested.

Aubrey Braun, a resident of an apartment building at the scene of his rampage, grew curious at the continued loud noises coming from outside her door.

“I heard banging and commotion,” she said, “and I thought at first it was someone moving in to the apartments.” When it continued, “I cracked the door and there was a man there half-naked.”

Wearing only shorts, the man beat on the walls and tore the mailboxes from their mounts in the apartment entrance, leaving them dented on the sidewalk. He ran across Montana Street as Braun dialed 911, and climbed on top of a Subaru parked in an alley. Jumping and kicking, he beat at the hood of the car and at its windshield with a stick or a bat. “I couldn’t tell what it was, a stick of some sort,” Braun said.

The offender smashed windows in the alley, then ran around the front of 109 N. Montana St., where he kicked in the plate glass and broke down the door.

Once inside, he continued his riot.  “I could see him chucking (stuff) everywhere,” Braun said.

The first officer on scene arrived in the alley, and Braun waved him into the building. She saw him draw his taser before entering, and she could hear the noise of it from across the street.

As police vehicles surrounded the building, ambulances and a fire truck joined them, partially blocking south-bound traffic. Moments later, the man was carried off in an ambulance while police cordoned off the building with caution tape. Large shards of glass littered the sidewalk

 “His condition is not known at this time,” an officer at the scene said shortly afterward.

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