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Long arm of law – wielding electric stun device – stops fleeing man cold

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 - 7:30 am

A handcuffed man who allegedly attempted to escape police custody after a court appearance on Monday was instead stopped cold by an electric stun device.

The incident took place around 9:30 a.m., according to a news release from the Allen County Sheriff's Department. Austin R. Otolski, 22, had appeared before Magistrate Samuel Keirns in Allen Superior Court and was remanded into custody; online records state Otolski appeared for a change of plea hearing related to him being charged with Class B felony sexual misconduct with a minor.

A hearing on bond revocation was scheduled for May 23, with no bond allowed until then - which meant that Otolski was handcuffed and led out of the courtroom by an Allen County Police Department officer.

However, the release said that while waiting for an elevator, Otolski turned and started to run away from the county officer, prompting the officer to tell him to stop running. Otolski reportedly ignored the command and the officer then deployed his electric stun device.

Otolski fell to the ground in the hallway and was taken away without further incident. He was slapped with an additional charge of Class C felony escape and is currently in the Allen County Jail, with no bond.