NORFOLK, Va. (NPD) - Shortly after 3:00 p.m. on August 20, 2017, police were called to the 2800 block of Park Crescent for a vandalism that just occurred. When police arrived, they located broken glass and a vandalized vehicle, but the suspect had fled from the scene prior to their arrival.
Shortly thereafter, police located the suspect who was disrobed and profusely bleeding, walking in the roadway along the 300 block of Campostella Road. As an officer attempted to take him into custody, the man punched the officer in the face, causing a severe laceration. After refusing police orders to get on the ground, an officer deployed a department-issued taser and was able to take the man into custody without further incident.
The man, Gary J. Hardy (36) of the 2300 block of Wyoming Avenue, was taken to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital for evaluation and treatment of the injuries caused by the vandalism. He was charged with one count Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer, one count of Vandalism, one count of Possession of Narcotics, one count of Disorderly Conduct and one count of Indecent Exposure.
The officer was taken to the hospital and treated for a non-life threatening injury. No other officers were injured during the incident.
While at the hospital on August 21, 2017, Hardy again assaulted two police officers by throwing urine on them and began vandalizing the hospital room. As police were restraining Hardy, he bit one officer causing a non-life threatening injury. Shortly thereafter, Hardy was restrained and the incident concluded.
As a result of the second incident, Hardy was charged with two additional counts of Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer, one count Felony Vandalism, one count of Obstruction of Justice, and one count of Disorderly Conduct.
Both officers assaulted in the second incident were treated at the hospital and released.
Hardy remains hospitalized. A booking photo will be made available when he is discharged and transported to the Norfolk City Jail.