Man in custody after stealing torch, fighting with police

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MIAMI TWP., Ohio (WDTN) – A man is in custody after attempting to steal from Menards and getting into a scuffle with police.

Around 2:30 pm, a Miami Township officer responded to the Menards home improvement store at 8480 Springboro Pike. Loss prevention was detaining an adult for stealing a butane torch lighter, valued at less than two dollars.

They were concerned that the man was acting nervous and may have been in possession of drugs.

As the officer was searching the suspect, he pushed the officer and ran off. The officer caught up with him and they began to fight inside the store. During the scuffle, the man wrestled the officer’s taser away from him and ran outside.

He proceeded to get into his vehicle and fled south, out of the parking lot.

Within minutes, his car was found unoccupied in a parking lot on Newmark Drive near Gander Creek Drive. The taser was found inside the vehicle.

A perimeter was established, and a K-9 with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office started tracking the suspect from the vehicle toward SR-741 and Lexis Nexis.

Centerville Police later advised that male matching the suspect’s description was taken to Miami Valley South hospital, claiming that he had been involved in an accident.

He faces charges for the initial misdemeanor theft and potential felony charges.

The officer received minor injury and is being treated at a nearby hospital.

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