Man Allegedly Drugs Friend's Beer and Then Beats Him, on Multiple Occasions

Clyde Sommers, 48, of Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington, was arrested Monday morning.

A 48-year-old Arlington man allegedly drugged a male friend’s beer on two occasions, and, each time, he then broke into the friend’s apartment and beat him while he was passed out, according to police.

Clyde Sommers, of Massachusetts Avenue, was arrested at about 9:39 a.m. Monday, July 23, for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, assault and battery and felony breaking and entering, after the alleged victim went to Arlington Police Sunday morning.

The victim said he met Sommers three months ago, and that on Tuesday, July 3, he went to Sommers’ apartment for a few beers and some conversation. He said Sommers gave him a few unopened beers but then handed him an open one later in the night. After drinking this beer, the victim said he got tired and went home, locked his door and went to bed.

The victim said the next morning he noticed bruising on his body but didn’t think much of it.

The night of Sunday, July 8, the same thing happened, according to the victim. And again, he woke up with bruises, he said. The two men were drinking alone on both occasions, he added.

After a female friend saw his bruises on Monday, July 9, the victim said he confronted Sommers, and Sommers admitted to drugging him, breaking into his apartment and beating him on both nights.

The victim said he waited until Sunday, July 22, to contact police because he wasn’t sure what to do and feared retaliation.

He said he believes Sommers has done this same thing to others.

Police investigated the victim’s claims prior to arresting Sommers.

Tim July 26, 2012 at 04:57 PM
Susan you are correct most people out there are good and kind !!!!!!!
inthegloaming July 26, 2012 at 07:36 PM
The criminals/mentally ill don't routinely get their ideas from media: media gets their scripts from real life case histories. Sure, of course there will be individuals who will copycat a crime they see: but they'd come up with something terrible on their own anyway. Those kinds of minds twist everything in their environment, and they do what rhe voices in their heads tell them to do. Most of us don't watch Criminal Minds and think "Wow, I need to try that on my annoyingly snobby neighbor who keeps insisting s/he's A Real Townie!"
inthegloaming July 26, 2012 at 07:41 PM
Um, I don't think going armed to the movies is a good idea. Really? Next you'll carry one in your shopping cart, to the opera, to your kids' play group, etc. what we need is better background checks. AND there's no reason for anyone but police and military to have any legal and all-too-easy access to assault weapons! I'd like to see the gun shop staff that sold Holmes that overkill brought up on negligence charges. They at least need to alert authorities whenever a regular citizen buys such weapons of mass destruction.
inthegloaming July 26, 2012 at 07:45 PM
There's more to this story than just beers and "conversation." And the victim didn't notice his apt was broken into? Twice? I call dumb and recreational drugs. I can guess at the rest of the motive.
inthegloaming July 26, 2012 at 09:33 PM
Jill: it's a deal! Lol


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