COQUITLAM (NEWS 1130) — A police officer was seriously injured in Port Coquitlam last month while trying to cover a naked man with a blanket.
A charge of assaulting a police officer causing bodily harm was approved against a 30-year-old man of no fixed address on Wednesday, while a warrant was issued for his arrest.
The incident happened close to midnight on June 18. Coquitlam RCMP received a call about a man who was walking nude on Lougheed Highway near the Pitt River in Port Coquitlam.
When the first officer arrived, the naked man ran into nearby bushes, according to police.
“The officer followed the man, told him he was under arrest, and attempted to get the man a blanket,” says an RCMP release.
“The man allegedly reacted by punching the officer without warning and continuing to assault him when he fell to the ground.”
We are looking for this man, Leandro Lamar Roth, following an alleged serious assault to one of our officers. Please call us if you know where he is – 604-945-1550.https://t.co/9CBPojuATZ pic.twitter.com/LcqToQ6nSK
— CQ RCMP (@cqrcmp) July 23, 2020
Four other police officers then assisted the first. Two conducted-energy weapons were used to arrest the man.
According to police, he was taken to hospital for minor injuries and kept overnight for other medical issues.
Three police officers were also treated at hospital for minor injuries.
“One police officer is receiving ongoing treatment for serious injuries, but has nevertheless returned to work,” says RCMP
A warrant was issued for Leandro Lamar Roth, who RCMP said was located Thursday.