Someone smeared super glue on a toilet seat in a public restroom in Elkton last week, setting a trap that caught an unwitting man, police and emergency workers confirmed Monday. Officials wouldn't say how long the 48-year-old Cecil County man was stuck inside a men's bathroom at the Walmart in the 1000 block of East Pulaski Highway, before he was able to summon help.
Emergency workers arrived at the store about 7 p.m. on Thursday, according to a Singerly Volunteer Fire Co. spokesman. Over the emergency radio, a dispatcher indicated that the man in need of rescue was super glued to a toilet seat.
"At the scene, they had to remove the toilet seat from the toilet. They unbolted the seat and then took him out with it still attached to him," said Lt. Matthew Donnelly, a spokesman for the Elkton Police Department, which sent an officer to the store. He said emergency room doctors removed the seat at Union Hospital.
"I'm not sure what means they used to remove the toilet seat," Donnelly said, citing medical privacy laws.
Elkton police are investigating, Donnelly said.
"We consider this to be a second-degree assault case," Donnelly said. "It's no different than any other crime, where we don't have a suspect. We still respond to the scene, make a report and investigate."
Because the incident happened on the night before April Fools' Day, investigators believe that the spreading of industrial-strength adhesive on a public toilet seat might have been a random prank.
"The man was not targeted. He just happened to be the first one who sat on the toilet after the superglue was put there," Donnelly said.
Also because it was so close to April Fools' Day, some emergency and law enforcement officers initially thought the call was a hoax.
"This is definitely a first for us, at least that I can remember," Donnelly said.