Thursday, May 23, 2013
PORTLAND — A South Portland man faces several felony charges after he tried to escape from police by smashing through a second-floor window, then running naked down Warren Avenue today.
An officer received cuts from the glass as Jeffry Matthews, 22, launched himself through the closed window, landed on an awning and then hit the ground, police said. Officers trying to restrain him were left holding his pants, initially.
However, officers caught up with Matthews at 253 Warren Ave., at that point wearing only socks, and used a Taser to incapacitate him when he wouldn't submit to arrest, police said.
Police were called to the second-floor apartment at 313 Warren Ave. for a domestic violence complaint at 1:17 a.m. They found Matthews hiding in a closet.
Matthews faces charges of domestic violence assault, domestic violence criminal threatening, reckless conduct, tampering with a witness and failing to submit to arrest. He also was charged with warrants charging him with a previous domestic violence felony and violating probation, police said.
Officer Charles Ames was treated at the hospital for a shoulder injury and cuts form the glass following the arrest. The injury will not require surgery but he will be on light duty until the injury heals, police said.