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Six Mounties restrain man after Taser has no effect

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An unwanted houseguest proved a handful, requiring six Burnaby RCMP officers to restrain him early Tuesday after a Taser had no effect.

A woman had guests over, including the man who she didn't know particularly well, for a night of drinking and taking drugs, said Burnaby RCMP Corp. Dave Reid. At the end of it all, she was left with the man unconscious on her couch.

"He won't leave and the next time she comes in the room he's stark naked on the couch."

The woman called her boyfriend explaining the situation and telling him she was afraid to wake the man up because she didn't know what he was going to do.

The boyfriend called Burnaby RCMP at around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday.

When officers arrived at the apartment in the 6500-block of Elgin Avenue, the man was woken up but he was "extremely intoxicated and high and becomes immediately combative," Reid said.

The officers Tasered him and it did nothing to him. They Tasered him again, also to no avail.

By then, six officers had arrived so instead of Tasering him a third time, they decided to physically restrain him, he said, noting it took all six of them to do so.

The man was taken to hospital for observation. "Hopefully when he sobers up they'll find out who he was."

The man faces no charges at the moment, since he was not drunk in a public place and was too intoxicated to know what he was doing when he was fighting with the officers, Reid said. Unless it turns out he has outstanding warrants, he'll likely be released.

• Property crime is high on the priority list for Burnaby RCMP after the city saw a spike of up to a 50 per cent increase in break-and-enters in some areas in 2012.

Reid said it's believed the jump is cyclical, often the result of prolific offenders being released after serving time for previous offences.

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