Man punches self in face, blames cops

Video captured Aleksander Robin Tomaszewski hitting himself

Aleksander Robin Tomaszewski, Feb. 16, 2015 (Lane County Sheriff's Office)
Aleksander Robin Tomaszewski, Feb. 16, 2015 (Lane County Sheriff's Office)

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) – Lane County authorities say a suspect brought in for questioning later punched himself in the face and then signed an assault complaint against detectives.

But unfortunately for the suspect, a video recorder was running in a holding room where he’d been left after questioning.

The sheriff’s department said Tuesday the footage shows 33-year-old Aleksander Robin Tomaszewski hitting himself, leaving two black eyes.

Investigators say he told them he hoped filing a complaint would get him released.

Authorities say the Lucerne, California, man was brought in for questioning Jan. 9 on an unrelated case that’s under investigation.

He was charged with initiating a false report and attempted coercion, and found guilty last week. He was sentenced to 20 days in jail and fined $500.

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