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police investigate naked rooftop jumpers

Thursday, June 15, 2017 16:11 PM
Written by Stan Maddux
Category: Local News

LaPorte Police are investigating a report of a naked man chasing a woman in her nightgown on rooftops in the city's downtown Thursday morning.
The experience was hair raising for Gary Hyatte, who heard what he described as ''thumping'' or ''thunder'' from his roof of his barber shop then went outside and witnessed what he didn't expect to see just before 8 a.m.
''She had on a blue nightgown with like white swans or something on it. He was right behind her naked,'' said Hyatte, the owner of Daniels' Barber Shop at Monroe St. and Jefferson Ave.
''That was really bizarre,'' said Hyatte.
Hyatte said the woman was holding what appeared to be a bottle of vodka or gin and the man following her was asking her to ''come back.''
He said both of them made the two foot jump between each building during their journey on three rooftops.
''There's only a two foot span there so they can easily jump from one to the other and that's what they were doing. Just like squirrels back and forth. Back and forth,'' Hyatte said.
LaPorte Police officer Scott Aftowski said there could have been some type of domestic dispute between the couple.
When he and officer Rondall Clark arrived, Aftowski said the man and woman now possibly naked herself were heading toward the same second floor apartment window they came out of and went inside.
Aftowski said they knocked on the doors of the two upstairs apartments but nobody answered and they were still working on confirming the identities of the man and woman before deciding whether to pursue charges of Class C misdemeanor public nudity.
Whether they're prosecuted hinges on the outcome of the still ongoing investigation, he said.
''We have to get ahold of the building owner and see who is on the lease,'' said Aftowski.
Hyatte said he called the police so the activity stops before any damage is done to his roof.
''If this is going on during the daylight what are they doing at nighttime up there. Ya know,'' Hyatte said.
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