View Full Version : This guy quite possibly had the definitive bad day.

01-03-2006, 02:37 AM
Enjoy his embarrassment!

Man faces charges after copter rescue


The News Journal

Arrest warrants have been issued for a 49-year-old Middletown man who had to be hoisted to safety by a police helicopter after getting stuck in waist-deep mud when a would-be sexual rendezvous in a marsh went bad, police said.

Delaware State Police Cpl. Jeff Oldham said the man could have died had he not been rescued. Oldham gave the following account of what police suspect took place early Sunday near Rehoboth Beach:

Thomas J. Bruno allegedly agreed to pay a male prostitute to have sex with him near a wastewater treatment plant off Wolfe Neck Road. But the two, who had met in a bar earlier that night, got into an argument and the sex act never took place, he told police.

Bruno got lost while trying to leave the area, so he called 911 with his cell phone about 4 a.m. He was disoriented and could not provide a precise description of his whereabouts. He then lost cell phone contact with authorities, making his rescue more difficult. At the time he lost contact, he reportedly had lost his shoes in mud.

When troopers found him nearly four hours later, he was stuck in mud up to his waist. Police used night-vision goggles to locate his vehicle, then followed his footprints about two miles to where he was stuck. Rehoboth Beach firefighters and Lewes police assisted troopers in the search.

A state police helicopter lowered a harness to Bruno, who put it on himself, and he was taken for a two-mile ride to a waiting emergency vehicle. He was taken to Beebe Medical Center in Lewes for observation. He was not seriously hurt.

Bruno first told police he had simply driven off the road and got stranded in a field, Oldham said. Upon subsequent questioning, he told police the man had stolen his money; later, he said had willingly given the man $150 for sex.

Police said they plan to charge Bruno with falsely reporting an incident, trespassing, criminal solicitation and patronizing a prostitute once he is released from the hospital.

01-03-2006, 04:53 AM
So that's where Taco John has been.