Police use stun gun to subdue car theft suspect on the run
Published 2:24 pm, Monday, September 21, 2015
A 26-year-old man was taken into custody Saturday night after being subdued by a stun gun after he allegedly stole a Lexus and the keyless fobs for another 11 cars from a Kings Highway auto dealership.
Raphar Morgan, of Beechmont Avenue in Bridgeport, led police on a foot chase and had to be tasered twice, police said, after abandoning the Lexus IS 250 — its engine still running — in the middle of the Post Road traffic circle near McDonald’s.
The incident began around 11:30 p.m. Saturday when employees at the Super Stop & Shop on Kings Highway Cutoff called to report that a man, later identified as Morgan, entered the store and took two walking canes from the front of the pharmacy area and began twirling them around. He then allegedly threw the canes at store employees and ran out of the store. Store workers told police he appeared to high on drugs, according to the report.
He drove off in the stolen Lexus, but then quickly abandoned it and took off on foot, police said. The Lexus was found abandoned with the driver’s door open, the engine running in the middle of the street. Police received calls that Morgan was seen running from the Lexus, east on the Post Road and into the parking lot of the Fairfield Circle Inn. He then ran back to the Post Road, crossing over the street and behind stores at 222 Post Road.
According to the report, an officer gave Morgan several verbal commands to stop, but he did not. The officer than said he told Morgan he would deploy his Taser if Morgan did not stop. When he didn’t, the stun gun was used, hitting Morgan in the back of the neck and elbow. He fell to the ground, but police said still refused to obey commands to get on his stomach and kept trying to stand up. He was hit with the stun gun again, according to the report.
Morgan was taken to St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport for treatment. According to the report, he initially refused to speak with officers and had a blank stare. Eventually, he told officers he had gotten high at a friend’s house in Danbury and walked home to Bridgeport. He wouldn’t tell them how he got to Fairfield.
During their investigation, officers said they found New Country Lexus, 187 Kings Highway Cutoff, had been burglarized. Keyless entry fobs were taken from the manager’s office and a silver Lexus was missing from the lot. The car and key fobs are worth $38,749.
Morgan, who was held on a $100,000 bond, was charged with second- and third-degree larceny, third-degree burglary, first- and second-degree criminal mischief, refusal to be fingerprinted, interfering with an officer and disorderly conduct.
He is scheduled to appear Oct. 5 at state Superior Court in Bridgeport.