Darren Kramer, a winger in the Winnipeg Jets organization who currently plays for the AHL’s Manitoba Moose, was arrested at approximately 1:16 a.m. Tuesday after allegedly fighting a police officer at Disney World and getting tased. According to police, Kramer scuffled with the officer so that his friend could make off with some bowling pins he had stolen from a restaurant.
According to the police report from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, the arresting officer made contact with a man who identified himself as “Corbin” and was carrying a large display flag and a few bowling pins. Corbin returned the flag to where he found it when asked to do so, but was later spotted arguing with Disney security about the bowling pins, which he claimed were given to him for bowling a high scoring game. That’s when things started to get out of hand:
I advised him that he was to drop the items. As I made contact, he held two bowling pins in his right hand and one in his left. I observed his face lose all coloring and turn white, which I recognized a threat to my safety. At that time, it appeared to me that Corbin would attempt to strike me with the items. I then reached out and grabbed the pins and ordered him to place his hands behind his back. He then quickly turned to his right and stated a long “Noo.” Corbin then fled from me on foot running through the complex passed [sic] the Raglan Road Restaurant, on to the main walkway near the Lego Store where I finally lost sight of him near the bridge leading across the waterway.
The officer then noticed Kramer, who was with Corbin when the officer first made contact, running towards him, yelling, “run, run!” The officer stopped Kramer and attempted to handcuff him, at which point Kramer allegedly resisted. From the report:
Kramer then violently pulled away from me, as I was maintaining control of the handcuff and his free left arm. Kramer pulled me off my feet and began to run. I was able to maintain control of the handcuff and pull him toward me. Kramer was then able to turn completely toward me and break the control I had of his handcuff. I then observed Kramer lower his right shoulder and raise his left arm as if he was preparing to strike me with a punch. Due to our close proximity I then reached out to Kramer and grabbed his shirt and attempted to pull him off balance. Kramer stepped forward and lowered his head, hitting me in the chest. This caused both of us to fall to the ground where Kramer ended up falling onto me. Kramer was able to stand up which allowed me to get to my feet and again grab his shirt. During this time I was ordering him verbally to stop and to lie on the ground. Kramer continued to fight me and again pulled backward. He was able to break the hold and spin to his right. I then observed Kramer turn his entire body to me and again raise his arm as if to strike me. I drew my department issued ECD Taser and yelled that I would Taze him. Kramer continued to come at me and I deployed the ECD, striking him in the upper right arm.
Kramer has 600 AHL penalty minutes compared to just 33 points in three years of AHL action, but this is apparently one fight he did not win.
The officer was able to arrest Kramer after hitting him with the taser. Kramer has been charged with battery of a law enforcement officer, grand theft, and resisting arrest without violence. As far as we know, Corbin is still on the loose.
Correction: This post originally stated that Kramer was in the Ottawa Senators’ organization. He left the Binghamton Senators last year and is now with the Winnipeg Jets’ AHL affiliate.