Man High on Meth Howls at Moon, Throws Roof Tiles at Police Officers

It took Union City police four hours to get the man off of a two-story home rooftop, police said

A Fremont man was arrested early Monday morning after leading Fremont and Union City police in a pursuit that lasted several hours and ended on the rooftop of an unoccupied two-story home.

Police said it took more than four hours and the use of non-lethal weapons to convince Daniel Baughman, 35, to come down from a rooftop on the 32700 block of Hanford Court in Union City.

According to Lt. Ben Horner of the Union City Police Department, Baughman was on a three-day methamphetamine binge and was taking off his clothes, howling at the moon and throwing large roof tiles at police officers.

Baughman's episode of street carnage began late Sunday night in Fremont where he was spotted running through the streets, shouting and disturbing residents. Fremont police gave chase but he managed to evade them near the Fremont-Union City border, Horner said.

Hanford Court residents later reported a man trespassing in the neighborhood and climbing on top of the home at about 1:20 a.m. Monday morning.

Fremont police also heard the call and assisted Union City officers, Horner said.

“The officers were pretty resourceful,” Horner said of their use of non-lethal force. "No citizens were hurt, no officers were hurt and this guy wasn't hurt."

Because it would be dangerous for officers to try to subdue Baughman on the roof, officers fired wooden rounds at him, but he appeared unfazed, Horner said.

Officers then used a nearby crane that was parked in front of a home to get closer to Baughman where an officer fired tear gas-like pepperball rounds to incapacitate him.

Baughman eventually came down from the roof around 4 a.m. using a ladder placed by police, Horner said.

He was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and burglary, among other charges, and was transported to a nearby hospital for a mental evaluation, Horner said.

Tim October 11, 2011 at 10:00 PM
Because it would be dangerous for officers to try to subdue Baughman on the roof, officers fired wooden rounds at him, but he appeared unfazed, Horner said. Duh, he was on a three day meth binge. You could have fired a few 9mm rounds at him and he would have appeared unfazed.
gato pelon October 12, 2011 at 02:54 PM
Gee Tim, I read this article and I thought of you. A gun nut going after a guy on crack. Boy everybody would feel very safe because of Timmy Tea Party the super hero is here to save the day, him and his big 9 mm. Keep carrying your gun around on Bart. That will surely bring your demise! But there's still time for you to move to beautiful Irvine. The people down there and you think alike. Quick you better off soon.
Tim October 12, 2011 at 03:33 PM
Yea, I'd of course of shot the guy... no you idiot. My point was that it didn't matter what they shot at him, he was jacked up on meth and wouldn't have been phased. Fortunately, the responding officers were smart on their feet and had the tear-gas like rounds to incapacitate him. Speaking of BART, I highly doubt I'm the only one carrying for my protection. If I got caught it would be because I had the need to defend myself from a violent criminal, in which case I'd rather be arrested for violating 12025 than be dead.... one year in jail and 1,000 fine sounds better to me than my family attending my funeral. Furthermore, licensed concealed carriers in states that respect the 2A (which is up to about 41 out of 50 now) are more law abiding than the rest of the general public.
Tim October 12, 2011 at 04:09 PM
I'm not pissed off at the world. I'm frustrated that there are/were many Americans that put their lives on the line every day to protect and defend the Constitution and our basic rights yet there are ignorant, uneducated screwballs out there like you that have no understanding of the Constitution or the sacrifices made to preserve it. You sound like a whiny, on welfare, liberal who's answer to crime in the Decoto is "don't go to the decoto!" Idiot!
Tim October 12, 2011 at 04:45 PM
I'm all for hiring more police but this isn't Manhattan. They aren't going to put cops on foot posts in Decoto. It might help with response time but they will still be minutes away when seconds count. Yes the GOP is the party of NO, most notably, the party of NO more stimulus money to throw back at the public sector unions. But Congratulations, even though they can stop your Communist in Chief now, he's already managed to piss away over a trillion dollars and amass more debt than every other previous president in history combined. His 38% approval number shows that you are in the minority with your views and I'm counting down the days until Election Day 2012!
Carly October 12, 2011 at 04:56 PM
Tim's right about gun control. Study the history of gun control. The saying "A well armed society is a polite ends up being true. You have to study up on the history of gun control to know that....not just sit in a chair and think about it. When only the bad guys are armed, the innocent are sitting ducks.
Carly October 12, 2011 at 05:59 PM
I meant to say..."A well armed society is a polite society" I got distracted!
Publius October 12, 2011 at 08:26 PM
I hope Timmy Tea Party Super Hero is on my BART car. And I hope he steps up if some creep starts assaulting us. Thanks, Tim!
Tim October 12, 2011 at 09:19 PM
Haha, but seriously, if it were a situation I could help without a firearm, I'd help if I could otherwise I'd call 911 like anyone else. I would not use my firearm to prevent an assault unless it was against myself or a family member. Sorry, but I'm not going to county jail for a year on a 12025 violation for anything less.
Publius October 12, 2011 at 09:59 PM
Didn't expect you'd run around being a vigilante. But if some crazed idiot goes off a la Colin Ferguson the infamous subway shooter, it would be nice to know that a normal person was armed and able to help subdue him.
Carly October 12, 2011 at 10:33 PM
Altho I don't walk around with a pistol, I'd like to. I do have a tear gas/pepperspray on me that we got at BIg 5. It feels so much better knowing that I have a chance to protect me and mine. Could someone still shoot us, yeah, but often perps have very little shooting experience and tend to aim too high. Having a spray on me at least gives us a CHANCE. With all the pit bull stories in town, everyone should have a spray on them, especially if you have little children with you.


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