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Merrimack Valley

December 30, 2008

Lawrence police threaten to taser man

LAWRENCE — Police threatened to use a Taser on a drunken man raising a wine bottle over his head while screaming "I was a cop in Puerto Rico" early yesterday morning, police reported.

Ruben Aquino, 48, of 13 Webster Court, complied with an officer's demand to calm down, and police did not shoot him with the Taser. Police arrested him for kidnapping a child under 16, threats to commit a crime and disorderly conduct.

Aquino's girlfriend told police that she returned from taking out the trash and found the door locked. She pleaded with Aquino to let her in, and he told her that he would stab her, her brother and her 5-year-old son if she entered, according to a report written by Officer Gary Yancey.

Aquino stepped onto the porch at his home when police arrived around 3:20 a.m. He repeatedly said he was a cop in Puerto Rico.

Officers found the 5-year-old boy sleeping inside safely, but they did not find the girlfriend's 34-year-old brother, the report said.

Man falls out of moving car, runs from police

LAWRENCE — A city man allegedly fell out of a moving car after a crash, then tried to run away from police, according to police.

Officer Edward Hayes said he witnessed a two-car crash between a 2003 Acura 3.2 TL and a 1997 Toyota Camry on Common Street at 1:10 a.m. on Sunday. When he approached, the Acura driver, Michael Fantauzzi, 27, of 18 Cypress St., second floor, pulled to the left and appeared to be stopping.

"At that point, the driver opened the door to the vehicle and fell out," Hayes wrote. "As the vehicle continued to roll down the street, the driver rolled out, got to his feet and began running toward the rear of the police station."

Police caught Fantauzzi behind a building on Common Street and arrested him for leaving the scene of a property damage accident and disorderly conduct. Nobody was hurt in the crash, the report said.

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