Man in dog costume holding knife tased by police

GERMANTOWN, Md. (WMAR) - A man wearing a dog costume was tased and arrested on Sunday after he was seen walking around with a knife. 

According to the Montgomery County Police Department, an employee of the Michaels store at 20902 Frederick Road in Germantown said a man wearing a costume was acting 'strange' in the store. 

When officers got to the store, the manager said a man in a dog costume was walking in and out of the store. They also said the man seemed disoriented and possibly had a knife. 

Officers were looking for the man inside the store when customers said he was in the back carrying a knife and causing a disturbance. Customers also said the man had taken off the dog costume. 

Ludwin Joel Godoy-Mantar, 26, was found by an officer and started walking towards them with a four-inch knife. The officer continued to ask Godoy-Mantar to put down the knife, but he continued to move closer to the officer. 

Godoy-Mantar then tried to exit the store and was heading towards customers when the officer tased him. The suspect tried to fight but was eventually arrested by the officer. 

Godoy-Mantar was taken to the hospital for a mental health evaluation. He was released on Tuesday and was put into the custody of the Montgomery County Police Department. 

He is charged with Reckless Endangerment, Disorderly Conduct, and Resisting Arrest. 

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