DETROIT -- A 41-year-old Columbus, Ohio, man is recovering after police say he ripped off part of his penis on a drug-fueled high in Ypsilanti Township, Mich.
Washtenaw County Sheriff's deputies found the man naked and screaming after responding to a burglar alarm at Ypsilanti Middle School about 1 a.m. last Tuesday, Sgt. Geoff Fox said Monday.
The man was kneeling outside the school, bloody from the waist down,
with parts of his genitals ripped off, Fox said. He said parts of the
man's body were transferred to the hospital with him.
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Officers subdued the man for his own safety and called for an ambulance.
really wasn't saying much at all - a lot of yelling and screaming," Fox
said, adding the man had broken a window to the school but didn't take
anything. "He wasn't making sense. They couldn't really communicate with
him in terms of constructive conversation."
The man later told
investigators he picked up hallucinogenic mushrooms earlier in the day
while he was in town visiting friends in a neighborhood near the school.
The man does not have a history of mental problems or extensive drug
use, Fox said.
"We've sent his blood off for further analysis to
see if there was anything else, if the mushrooms could have been laced
with something," Fox said, adding that toxicology results are pending.
first took the man to St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Superior Township,
Mich. WCSO spokesman Derrick Jackson said the man is currently being
treated at University of Michigan Health System.
Fox said the man had been close to death.
terms of vital signs, they were as low as they could go without being
dead, I could only assume due to the blood loss and the shock and trauma
to the body," he said.
The man remains hospitalized Monday, still
recovering from his injuries, Fox said. He declined to discuss details
of his treatment.
Ypsilanti Township resident Brandon Simmons, 30,
who often cuts through the middle-school yard while walking to and from
his nearby apartment, said he was concerned about the man's recovery.
don't even know what to say - it sounds painful," Simmons said Monday.
"Is he still alive? My prayers go out to him, and I hope he's going to
make it. Wow?... I'm at a loss for words."
(Detroit Free Press)