An irrational fear of vampires led a Florida man to the home of a deputy where he climbed on top of a sheriff’s SUV and danced for more than six minutes before police arrived and arrested him.
The incident was captured on a neighbor’s surveillance video outside the Cape Coral home of Lee County Sheriff’s Sergeant Frederic Janke, who said he is now in fear for his life.
According to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, Christian Radecki, 44, claimed he was seeking the “Sheriff of Nottingham to help him stop the slaughter of small children” from vampires. The Sheriff of Nottingham is a fictional character in the Robin Hood story, a villain who abuses his power. The Robin Hood story does not include vampires.
In the video, which was posted to the sheriff’s Youtube channel on Wednesday, Radecki is seen getting down to a couple songs from Hall and Oates and Supertramp before sitting on the hood and ripping one of the windshield wipers off of the vehicle. He then steals a neighbor’s American flag and begins parading through the yard with it when Cape Coral police arrive and arrest him.
Janke, who was inside his home the entire time, was apparently oblivious that his services were needed to ward off imagined vampires, but later signed a sworn statement that he now fears for the safety of him and his wife, another deputy who parks her car in front of their home.
In a probable cause statement, investigators wrote that the following:
“Radecki advised that he came to the residence because when he opened his front door, a woman with fangs was threatening him, and that a human sacrifice was about to occur involving vampires. Therefore, Radecki made the conscious decision to get the Sheriff of Nottingham to help him stop the slaughter of small children. Radecki advised he then drove to the Deputy Sheriff’s house in order to knock on his door and get police assistance. Radecki was clear and alert when advising that he had not taken any recreational drugs or alcohol, and was not currently diagnosed with any mental health conditions, nor did he take prescribed medication.”
Instead of realizing that this man likely has a mental health issue and assisting him with getting treatment, the officer’s decided to charge him with misdemeanor disturbing the peace and property damage. He was released on $2,250 bond and ordered not to drink or take drugs and to stay away from Janke’s home. His bail was revoked later in the month after he was arrested for petty larceny. Radecki in now in Lee County jail pending the outcome of both trials which are set for later this month.