Shoplift suspect is charged with butting officer

July 03, 1996|By TaNoah V. Sterling | TaNoah V. Sterling,SUN STAFF

County police arrested a Suitland man Sunday on charges of stealing $826 worth of clothing from an Annapolis department store and butting an officer during a struggle.

Calvin Anthony Dixon, 32, of the 3900 block of Regency Parkway was charged with felony theft, battery, resisting arrest, and disorderly conduct.

Kim Basciano, a security guard for the store in the 100 block of Jennifer Road, called police shortly before 3 p.m. when he observed a man stuffing men's clothing into a large shopping bag, police said.

When Officers Todd Spieth and James Knisley arrived, they saw the man near the front of the store and began to move in on him with Basciano. As they tried to arrest the man, he began to pull away, struggling to reach the door.

When Knisley told the man to calm down, the man slammed his head into the officer's face, knocking his glasses off his face and cutting his lower lip, police said.

The officers sprayed pepper spray in the man's face, but it had no effect, police said. An off-duty sheriff's deputy from Calvert County who was not identified helped get handcuffs on the man, police said.

Pub Date: 7/03/96

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