BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — An off-duty Boca Raton Police Officer tased a man who refused to identify himself after allegedly harassing an employee at the Dubliner at Mizner Park.
A bouncer at the Dubliner claimed that Nicholas Mastropieri, 20, of NW 38th Circle, was bothering a hostess who has a restraining order against him.
No such restraining order exists, according to public Palm Beach County court records.
The off-duty officer demanded that the just-bounced Mastropieri provide his name. He allegedly refused, then fled through Mizner, ultimately to be tased by the officer. He fell onto a woman as the shock jolted his body.
Mastropieri was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail and charged with resisting arrest. However, he was not charged with violating a restraining order, the allegation that started the incident.
Here is the affidavit of probable cause:
While working an off duty detail at Mizner Park I noticed one of the bouncers at the Dubliner Bar, B/M Laurence Baptiste, escorting an unknown W/M out of the bar. I asked him what had the man done. Mr. Baptiste told me that their Hostess has a restraining order against this man and he was bothering her. I told him he should have gotten one of the officers because that is a crime. I then approached the W/M and asked him what had happened. He told me that he thought the bouncer had him confused with someone else. I asked him what his name was. He told me that he did not feel that was necessary. I told him it was. I told him he was not free to go because I was investigating a report that he had been bothering one of the employees, who has a restraining order against him. He told me that he was going to leave and he did not have to tell me his name. I pulled out my taser and told him that he needed to give me his name and information. He stated, “what you are going to tase me. I told him yes if you want me to. He then took off running east across Plaza Real. I fired my taser striking him in the back with one prong. It looked like the second prong did not penetrate thesubject. He continued to run east to the east side of Mizner Park, and then north along the store fronts. I pursued him on foot with my taser still in my hand.. I noticed the W/M as he ran through a group of people who were walking in front of him. I continued behind him and caught up with him as he fell into a woman who was walking north along the side walk. The woman who was identified as W/F Lorraine Dym 2/27/54. Ms. Dym fell back onto the suspect. I used my taser to dry stun the suspect in his right leg. I then gave him verbal orders to roll over onto his stomach and to place his hands behind his back. I placed him in handcuffs. Other officers responded and took the suspect into custody. I attended to Ms. Dym and made sure she was medically cared for.I called for BRFD to respond for my suspect as well as Ms. Dym. She stated she was shaken up, but had noinjury from the incident."Mastropieri was placed under arrest for resisting without violence per FSS 843.02. He wastransported to the Boca Emergency Room for medical clearance. Mastropieri had the prongremoved from his back by the hospital staff. He only suffered minor injuries from theprong and minor abrasions from the fall. Mastropieri was cleared by the doctor and
transported to Palm Beach County Jail.