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Man with ‘superhuman’ strength fights, bites Elk Grove officers

It took five officers and a police dog to subdue a man who Elk Grove police said displayed exceptionally powerful strength.

One officer was bitten by the wiry, 5-foot-7, 160-pound man who was not slowed by the first efforts of the police dog and the deployment of a Taser. Police suspect that the man may have been on drugs.

“The patrol sergeant at the scene described the suspect’s strength as superhuman,” said police spokesman Officer Chris Trim. “We are going under the assumption he was under the influence of something.”

Officers were called about 2:30 a.m. Tuesday to a report of a suspicious man hanging around a teller machine outside a bank in the 8800 block of Bond Road. When officers tried to detain the man, a struggle began.

During the tussle, the 25-year-old man bit one officer on a hand, breaking the skin. An officer deployed her police dog, and the man fought with the animal.

The officer called her dog back to her side and another officer deployed his Taser, which had no effect on the man. The man tried to escape, so the dog was deployed again and this time bit the man on his lower body.

More officers responded to take him into custody.

“It took five officers to physically subdue this individual,” Trim said.

He was placed in a Wrap restraint system, a nylon apparatus that forces an unruly suspect to sit in an upright position. Suspects restrained with the Wrap are not forced to lie face down, and the device is considered a safer alternative to the previous police practice of hogtying a person who could not be controlled, Trim said.

The restrained suspect was taken to a hospital. Once treated, he will be taken to jail, where he will be booked on charges.

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews