MAPLEWOOD, Mo. (KMOV.com) – Two officers were stuck with hypodermic needles when they went to a Maplewood home where a man was being held captive Friday.
According to court documents, Brian Smith attacked a 62-year-old man he was in an on-again, off-again relationship with in the 7600 block of Jerome Avenue Friday. While attacking the victim, Smith reportedly punched him several times, jabbed him with needles, and hit him with a television and mirror. Smith also allegedly took the victim’s cellphone.
During the attack, Smith, 38, pushed objects, including a couch, in front of the doors so the victim could not escape, police said. The victim then barricaded himself inside the bathroom for hours while seeking help.
When police arrived, they tried to arrest Smith, who became combative. While resisting arrest, he kicked multiple officers, court document state. Officers eventually used a Taser to stun Smith.
According to police, two officers were stuck with exposed syringes while struggling with Smith. The suspect’s blood was drawn so he could be tested for HIV and Hepatitis B and C. The primary tests are negative but the officers are taking medication as a precaution, police said.
The victim reportedly said that Smith used the needles to inject meth.
Smith was charged with kidnapping, resisting arrest and domestic assault in St. Louis County. His bail was set at $100,000.
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