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Train Jumper Claims to be Jesus

Ligonier, Indiana (Albion New Era news)

Police on a traffic stop in Ligonier early Thursday were surprised when a naked man covered in blood approached them, claimed to be Jesus Christ, and announced he'd just jumped off a train.

Part of his story was apparently true: Police tracked a trail of blood back to the nearby Norfolk Southern Railroad tracks. Apparently the man did, indeed, jump off a passing train sans clothes.

The injured man was later identified as a 23 year old Elkhart resident, whose name wasn't released. He was hospitalized with injuries that included serious facial trauma including deep lacerations and several broken teeth, according to the Ligonier Police Department.

Ligonier Police had stopped a car near Cavin and Richmond streets, and were doing a drug investigation when the man approached them at about 1:14 a.m. He reportedly identified himself as Jesus Christ and claimed that he'd jumped from the train as a way for repenting for his sin.

Officers quickly called for medical assistance, and Noble County EMS personnel treated the victim while Ligonier firefighters set up a landing zone in the nearby parking lot of Millennium Industries. He was flown by Samaritan Helicopter to Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne, and admitted for treatment.

Norfolk Southern Police are continuing an investigation into the incident and also looking for the clothes, which were reportedly left behind on the train. Police believe it was a freight train, which the man got onto in Elkhart, and that it was traveling between 30-35 mph when he jumped off. He remains unidentified because at this point no charges have been filed against him.

Meanwhile, the original traffic stop led to two arrests: Seth Ryan Adkins, 22, of Ligonier on a meth possession charge, and 22 year old Tazza M. May of Cromwell on a Marijuana charge.



( 14 comments — Leave a comment )
Nov. 8th, 2009 12:35 pm (UTC)
wow... poor guy. All I can say is owww....

As for the young kids caught with drugs, hopefully they've learned a valuable lesson about drug use not only from the traffic stop, but also from seeing "Jesus Christ" walking naked up to police officers.
Nov. 9th, 2009 05:09 am (UTC)
It gives a whole new meaning to the old term, "come to Jesus moment"!
Nov. 9th, 2009 03:55 pm (UTC)
Nov. 8th, 2009 02:16 pm (UTC)
Hmm - am I very bad to be amused that he was helped out by a Samaritan?
Nov. 9th, 2009 05:10 am (UTC)
The only bad thing about that is that I didn't see the humor in it myself until you pointed it out! Emily says not catching that pun might be the beginning of a 12 step process for me. :-)
Nov. 8th, 2009 03:53 pm (UTC)
Epic fail indeed. I am amused that they have yet to find the clothes.
Nov. 9th, 2009 05:13 am (UTC)
There are a lot of trains that go through that area, and Elkhart is a hub for rail traffic ... just the same, they had a good time frame and a direction of travel, so it shouldn't be too hard to track them down. On the other hand, he may have just tossed them over the side somewhere along the way. Some bum might be counting himself lucky even as we speak!
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Nov. 9th, 2009 05:13 am (UTC)
If he wasn't feeling pain at the moment, he sure was later!
Nov. 8th, 2009 06:21 pm (UTC)
i'm always amazed at just how deranged a mind can get, poor man
Nov. 9th, 2009 05:14 am (UTC)
There is that argument that, in today's world, the insane ones are the only people who are *not* crazy ....
Nov. 9th, 2009 06:42 pm (UTC)
that could also be
Nov. 9th, 2009 01:55 am (UTC)
*sigh* That's what happens when there's nothing in Bumf**k, Indiana, for young guys to do. All three need some serious direction in life. By the way, I know where Elkhart is; my family's cottage is half an hour to an hour south in Bass Lake.
Nov. 9th, 2009 05:19 am (UTC)
I don't buy that -- I think people who claim there's nothing to do are showing a lack of imagination. When my brother and I were kids pre-almost everything we take for granted in entertainment these days, the only time we were ever bored is when our parents corralled us and made us sit in one place. Good weather or bad, and despite a lack of money for a lot of toys (and only three TV channels), we never lacked for something to do -- not even my brother, who unlike me hated reading!

Hey, I've been to Bass Lake! It's been awhile. The last time I came close was just passing by on my way to The Dunes State Park.
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