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Crazed New Zealand Surfer Subdued With Taser

| posted on July 22, 2010

A dozen police and firemen showed up when a 43 year-old New
Zealand surfer went nuts at a Haleiwa surf shop yesterday at about
4:20 PM. “Police finally had to taser him, he would not listen to the
officers, was bleeding badly and kept darting into the road stopping
traffic and acting nuts, I have never seen anything like it,” longtime
north shore resident John “Juan Jose” Jones said.

Witnesses said the surfer, wearing only trunks and a dark t-shirt,
walked into Planet Surf Hawaii located at 66-150 Kam. Hwy, in the
heart of Haleiwa, and started acting “weird”. He followed the store
owner around the shop and suddenly became aggressive, yelling
profanities and insults before punching the owner in the face.

“I saw the guy run out of the store yelling, ‘F**k You… f***ing
cheap skate…’ or something like that, then he lifts this head high
wooden Tiki carving and hurls it through the window of the store,”

“I saw the guy run out of the store yelling, ‘F**k You… f***ing
cheap skate… or something like that, then he lifts this head high
wooden Tiki carving and hurls it through the window of the store,”
Jones said. “The owner and the New Zealand surfer then fought until
people driving by stopped their cars and broke it up,” Jones added.

“A few minutes later 6 or more police officers arrived one by one
and had no luck calming the man down. Finally an officer with a yellow
taser gun walked up, smiled, and asked the man to give up, twice, and
then used the Taser gun to bring him down,” Jones said.

The crazed surfer was taken to Wahiawa General Hospital where he
was treated for removal of the Taser prongs and cuts to his head and
face. He remains in police custody for third-degree criminal property
damage and third degree assault.

Police reported that was the fourth time they have had to use the
Taser gun on the North Shore.