PD: Nude Wes Student, High on Mushrooms, Spooks Girl

Middletown Police say a naked 20-year-old from Wisconsin who told them he only remembered eating a mushroom-laced brownie was Tased twice after he repeatedly resisted arrest after startling the girl at her home.


Editor's Note: This information is taken directly from Middletown Police arrest reports. The accused are presumed innocent until proven guilty by a court of law.

A naked 20-year-old student, so high and combative on psychedelic mushrooms that he had to be twice, led officers on a chase near campus after terrifying a 10-year-old girl at her home, report.

On April 14 at 5:45 p.m., police were called to a home in the 200 block of Cross Street on the report that a man, later identified as Max J. Shafer-Landau, 20, of Church Street, had tried to get into the house through the back door, according to the arrest report.

On the scene, police saw a naked man running up the hill of Jukonski’s Auto on Thomas Street toward Butternut Street and past several people enjoying Butternut Hollow Park, the report says.

Officers ordered Shafer-Landau to put his hands in the air and to stop, however, he ran about 20 feet before police tackled him, the report says, as he struggled and pulled one officer’s hair.

The report says a Taser was used, which allowed officers to get one of Shafer-Landau's hands in handcuffs but he pulled away and needed to be Tased a second time. Still, he flailed his feet, so officers put shackles on his ankles and carried him to the car as Shafer-Landau “contorted” his body and struggled.

Back at the home, a 10-year-old female victim said in the report she was in her kitchen looking out the window when a man ran from the woods in the back yard toward the house, opened the outside door and came inside the porch.

It's unclear when exactly the man became unclothed.

She was scared and crying as he turned the door handle but it was locked, the report says. She then saw him run back toward the woods, the report details.

At headquarters, Shafer-Landau told officers he was “under the influence of mushrooms” and the last thing he remembers is eating a brownie with mushrooms in it. In his cell, the report says, “he began to exhibit unusual behavior, including masturbation.”

Police soon identified him as a Wesleyan University student with a Wisconsin photo identification card that was found in his dorm room.

He was charged with second-degree criminal trespass, interfering with an officer, assault of a public safety officer, and second-degree breach of peace.

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John Brush April 19, 2012 at 06:46 PM
John Q. nails it!
John Q. Public April 19, 2012 at 07:30 PM
Wesleyan has a large number of incredibly bright and talented students. Many of them are a very valuable asset to the community while they are here, some are never a part of the community, and a small number are just a nuisance. Some will go on to accomplish great things, some will never live up to their potential.
John Q. Public April 20, 2012 at 01:50 AM
FYI: From the Middletown Press "CORRECTION: The victims were a woman and her 10-year-old daughter, not a 10-year-old son, according to the police report". Also, the Patch article does not say that the individual was naked when he tried to break into the home. You can criticize the police for including the details about his alleged activities in his cell, but I think Patch has accurately reported the details of the police report.
Wesleyan alum, Parent of current student April 21, 2012 at 01:57 AM
As a Wes student in the early '80s, I was walking in a cross walk to what was then Atticus Books (Broad Street Books now, I believe), and was hit by a car driven by a woman--a Middletown resident not associated with Wesleyan--who was clearly completely drugged out. I had a couple of bad bruises and scrapes but decided not to report her to the police. Perhaps I should have, but I was young and was trying to be kind. I also volunteered teaching test-taking skills to local high school students. A local family very generously allowed me to observe their family dinner for a psychology paper I was writing. My daughter is at Wes now and I know that now as then, there are lot of quiet acts of kindness happening all the time among students and residents and Middletown, and it's a shame that they don't get attention.
River Valley Remodeling April 21, 2012 at 12:23 PM
Yes crazy shit does happen near a college. Crazy shit happens near my house too. If this kid had wandered onto my property he would have been cured forever of taking drugs. Want to find out? Take some shrooms, and come over. I will cure you of being a spoiled condescending asshole for good. Don't forget kid, there are some powerful clubs in Middletown ;)


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