MONTGOMERY COUNTY – Investigators are trying to figure out what prompted a man to jump—naked—from the second story of a home when police weren’t actually looking for him.
Lebanon police said the man even stole a car in an effort to escape.
Tuesday morning, police were serving a civil paper to a resident on Powell Street. A deputy sheriff saw a man jump from the second story of a neighboring home. The man wasn’t wearing any clothes.
Police later identified him as 24-year-old John Baldwin Jr. Family members said Baldwin thought police were trying to serve an arrest warrant for him. At that time, there was no such warrant for Baldwin, police said.
A few minutes later, a resident on Lafayette Avenue flagged down officers to tell them that a naked man had stolen his car, which had been warming up outside. After a brief search, police couldn’t find the suspect or the vehicle.
About an hour later, authorities in Montgomery County notified Lebanon police that they’d found the man and vehicle at a truck stop at State Road 32 and I-74. The nude man told them he’d been in a fight and needed help. Police identified him as Baldwin.
Baldwin was initially treated at Crawfordsville Hospital for injuries he sustained in the jump. He then went to an Indianapolis-area hospital for evaluation.
Charges are pending in both Montgomery and Boone counties.