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Police use Taser against man accused of kidnapping infant daughter

March 12, 2012 |  7:14 pm

Officers shot a rubber bullet and then used a Taser to subdue a man who allegedly had kidnapped his infant daughter in a domestic dispute, according to Pasadena police.

At 12:15 p.m. Sunday, police received a call that Gerardo Murrieta, 23, had gotten into a verbal and physical dispute with the mother of their child and had left the scene with their 1-year-old baby. Police found Murrieta, who according to police is 6 feet 6 and weighs about 300 pounds, with the child at Marengo Avenue and Maple Street.

After talking with police, Murrieta returned the child to the mother but then struck a fighting pose and challenged police officers. He lunged at the officers, according to a Pasadena police report, and officers responding by firing a rubber bullet at his chest.

The bullet, designed to deliver a blow to assailants but not penetrate their bodies, had no discernible effect on Murrieta. Police then used a Taser to subdue him. He was taken to Huntington Memorial Hospital and cleared for booking by police. He was charged with kidnapping and spousal abuse.


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