Police Use Stun Gun To Subdue Man After IHOP Disturbance

Joseph Lance Defreeze (Jail photo)
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WACO (January 15, 2014) A transient who refused to leave an IHOP restaurant was arrested after a Waco police officer who was trying to detain him was struck in the face.

Joseph Lance Defreeze, 30, was in the McLennan County Jail Wednesday facing a charge of assault on a public servant, online records showed.

Employees at the IHOP at South 4th Street and Interstate 35 called police early Tuesday morning after a transient was asked to leave the restaurant, but refused to do so.

When officer arrived they encountered the man and after some effort got him to step outside the building, Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said.

As the man walked outside, he kept putting his hands in his pockets and when the officers asked him to keep his hands in view he became combative, Swanton said.

One of the officers began searching the man to see what he had in his pockets while the other drew a stun gun and held it on the suspect.

During the search the man began fighting and struck the officer at least twice in the face, Swanton said.

The other officer used his stun gun to bring the man under control as Baylor police officers arrived to assist.

The injured officer was taken by ambulance to Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center for treatment of injuries to his head and face, but later returned to duty, Swanton said.