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Man claims Occupy Bloomington protesters drugged, handcuffed him




An 18-year-old man reported to police that he woke up at about 1 p.m. Thursday handcuffed to a bed in a white house near 17th and North Dunn streets. He told police he feared he was sexually assaulted.

The man, who is living with his parents at Motel 6, reportedly walked from the motel to Peoples Park on Kirkwood Avenue to spend time with Occupy Bloomington protesters Wednesday, Bloomington Police Department Lt. Bill Parker said.

The man told police that while at Peoples Park, he met two women who were older than him and who allegedly provided him with alcohol at the park. The two women then took him to the house where he woke up. He told police he believed he was drugged, because he said he doesn’t recall what happened the rest of the night.

He said when he woke up, his wrists were handcuffed to the bed, and thumb cuffs also connected his thumbs.

He told police he was clothed upon waking up, Parker said.

After waking up, the man told police the women told him to leave. He said they removed the handcuffs but did not remove the thumb cuffs.

Upon the man’s return to Motel 6, his parents called the police, Parker said.

When police arrived, the man was still wearing the thumb cuffs, which were cutting off  circulation. Police transported the man to the Bloomington Hospital emergency room, where the thumb cuffs were removed, Parker said.

The man was unwilling to identify the white house and declined a sexual assault kit. He was unsure of the two women’s names, Parker said.

An investigation of the case is currently inactive until the man provides additional information.

— Mark Keierleber

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