Police in Connecticut arrested a man they said was high on PCP as he ran naked through the streets of Bridgeport and an interstate highway while carrying a baby.
Surveillance cameras showed the man, who police identified as Santos Rodriguez, walking around naked around 4 a.m. on Saturday as he carried his girlfriend’s son.
He stopped on Burr Road, near his apartment, took off the baby’s diaper, then tossed it in the middle of the street, according to police.
Seconds later, Rodriguez ran through a BP gas station on Fairfield Avenue, then onto Interstate 95 with the baby boy and streaked through both lanes of traffic. Police finally caught him on an exit ramp after receiving frantic calls from drivers.
“It was crazy,” Rodriguez’ neighbor said. “I never saw him do anything crazy like that. … A first time for me.”
Police said problems started when Rodriguez showed up at his apartment after a night of partying.
They said he got into a fight with his girlfriend, snatched her baby out of his playpen and took off with him.
“I think he's gotten progressively worse, then just slipped off the deep end,” Sal Zucaro, a relative of Rodriguez’ landlord, said.
Police said the baby was checked out at the hospital and was not injured. He is back with his mother.
Rodriguez was in prison on Tuesday night, charged with first-degree kidnapping, risk of injury to a minor, reckless endangerment and disorderly conduct.