Naked ‘Spider-Man burglar’ arrested after wild pursuit

A Ponchatoula man wanted by authorities for climbing on rooftops and burglarizing homes in Hammond was arrested Thursday night after a nearly four-hour pursuit that ended with him scuffling naked with a St. Tammany Parish sheriff’s deputy and a police dog in the Bogue Falaya River.

John Edward Green, 33, who had been dubbed the “Spider-Man burglar” on social media sites, was first located by deputies about 5:30 p.m. in the Abita Nursery subdivision, according to a Sheriff’s Office news release.

Green fled from deputies, who pursued him with the help of a K-9 dog named Thor.

At one point, Green broke into a church to hide.

He was eventually located hiding in a bus near Claiborne Hill by Thor.

Green then dove into the Bogue Falaya River, dragging Thor with him and attempting to drown the dog by pushing it under the surface. When a deputy jumped into the water, Green pulled him under as well, the Sheriff’s Office says.

Eventually the deputy was able to surface and get handcuffs on the still-naked Green.

Green was taken to a nearby hospital and treated for injuries. He was then taken to the St. Tammany Parish Jail, where he was booked as a fugitive from Hammond police and on attempted first-degree murder of a police officer, attempted killing of a police animal, burglary of a religious building and failure to appear for a charge of possession of a Schedule 1 controlled dangerous substance.