Illinois Man’s Bow and Arrow Charade Ends with Modern-Day Taser Jolt in Bradley


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BRADLEY, IL — David Clemons, a 30-year-old Kankakee resident, seemingly drew inspiration from archaic combat, reportedly adopting a mock bow and arrow stance in the midst of an alleged theft escape Wednesday on Route 50.

According to Bradley police, responding to a distress call from a business employee, allegedly found themselves in an unexpected standoff with Clemons, channeling an archer from times of yore, theatrically taking aiming at officers. 

The old-world gesture might have bewildered many, but the narrative took a swift twist. As the drama escalated with Clemons reportedly striking an officer in the head, the police responded in true 21st-century style, deploying a taser to subdue the would-be archer.

Clemons now faces multiple charges, including failure to surrender a FOID card, invalid FOID possession, theft with intent under $500, resisting arrest, and aggravated battery of a peace officer.


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