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GRIFFITH — Police used a Taser to subdue a 26-year-old man who repeatedly yelled profanities at an officer and broke the officer's nose during a struggle when the officer attempted an arrest, an official said.

The suspect, of Gary, was riding with a newspaper carrier for The Times about 4 a.m. Thursday when an officer on patrol drove by in the 100 block of North Arbogast Street, Griffith police Cmdr. Keith Martin said.

The officer recognized the man from past run-ins with police, he said.

The man, who pleaded guilty in 2014 to child molesting, was arrested by Griffith police in August and charged with failure of a sex offender to produce identification, Lake Criminal Court records show.

Formal charges against the man in Thursday's case were pending. The Times is not identifying the man until charges are filed.

The man yelled, "F------- cop coming around creeping," as the officer drove by, police said. The officer stopped, told the man to quiet down because of the early hour and continued driving, Martin said.

When the officer got to the end of the block, he could hear the man again loudly yelling profanities, police said.

The officer turned around, radioed for backup and attempted to approach the man, Martin said. The man got into the carrier's vehicle and didn't comply with the officer's orders to exit the car, Martin said.

The officer told the man he was under arrest, and the man replied, "Well, now I'm going to f--- you up," Martin said.

The man grabbed the officer's vest, and the two struggled, police said. Another officer arrived, and police subdued the man with a Taser and took him into custody.

The carrier was released, police said. Carriers are independent contractors, not Times employees.

The first officer was taken to a local hospital, where he was treated for a fractured nose, Martin said.

The man was being held on suspicion of battery on law enforcement with aggravated injury.


Public Safety Reporter

Sarah covers crime, federal courts and breaking news for The Times. She joined the paper in 2004 after graduating from Purdue University Calumet.